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he most important single animal sculpture of the 19th Century, the Cheval Turc represents Barye's work at its very finest. Influenced by the power and romance of the paintings of Gericault and Delacroix, this superb bronze study has an exquisite deep autumnal patination - green, black, brown and orange - and wonderful hand chased surface detail representing the work achieved in Barye's own atelier (workshop). Signed on naturalistic oval base   The Origin of the modern Thoroughbred ~ all Thoroughbreds are descended from three Arabian horses imported into England in the 17th century. They were the Godolphin Barb, the Brierley Turk and the Darley Arabian. Barye’s study of the Brierly Turc, entitled ‘Cheval Turc’ has become synonymous with the very best of 19th Century sculpture capturing the power, grace and breeding of this magnificent animal View Artist Details

Cheval Turc. ANTOINE LOUIS BARYE 1796 – 1875 Born in Paris, Barye began his career as a goldsmith, like many sculptors of the Romantic Period. In 1818 he was admitted to the École des Beaux Arts. But it was not until 1823, while working for Fauconnier, the goldsmith, that he discovered his true predilection from watching the animals in the Jardin des Plantes (the Paris Zoo).  He was made Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History in 1854, and was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1868. The most important single animal sculpture of the 19th Century, the Cheval Turc represents Barye’s work at its very finest. Influenced by the power and romance of the paintings of Gericault and Delacroix, this superb bronze study has an exquisite deep autumnal patination – green, black, brown and orange – and wonderful hand chased surface detail representing the work achieved in Barye’s own atelier (workshop). Signed on naturalistic oval base
The Origin of the modern Thoroughbred ~ all Thoroughbreds are descended from three Arabian horses imported into England in the 17th century. They were the Godolphin Barb, the Brierley Turk and the Darley Arabian. Barye’s study of the Brierly Turc, entitled ‘Cheval Turc’ has become synonymous with the very best of 19th Century sculpture capturing the power, grace and breeding of this magnificent animal. Background resume & photo courtesy david@hickmet.co.uk