|Barye, one of the best of the French "Animaliers school," often did dramatic sculptures depicting violent struggles between wild animals, often the large cats. His works were based on his studies of actual wild animals and are beautifully realistic. |
The most dramatic momentHere a roaring lion has pinned to the ground a large snake, which hisses and is coiled back, ready to strike at the lion. The muscular lion is vigilant with a tensed tail, spread claws, and rigid mane.
The lion's head suggesting a dramatic contest--with puckered muzzle, fierce eyes, and open roaring mouth
Realistic details-- Left: the wide-open jaws of the serpent, ready to strike; center and right: paws and claws--naturalistic textures