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A bronze replica of the Owlet sculpture by renown French sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (1795-1875). Barye is considered to be one of the important sculptors of the nineteenth century and one of the greatest animal sculptors of all time.
Bayre broke away from the long tradition of Western sculpture that usually reduced the animal to a mere accessory, a decorative motif or, better, a form of allegory (characters representing abstract ideas in poetry or prose). Instead he actually became interested in animals themselves, carefully studying their anatomy and trying to capture them both in motion and at rest.
Barye's desire to treat in sculpture the animal for its own dramatic values brought the artist harsh criticisms. But Barye's style remained unique and this form of romanticism in the sculpture of animals would not be found again.
Attracting little esteem from official circles, Barye stopped exhibiting after 1837. But many wealthy collectors, such as the Duke of Orléans, took interest in his non-academic form of art. The bronze production of his small sized works ensured his success with a large audience despite many disappointments and setbacks.
This exact replica in bronze is a fine example of his art.