BARYE, Antoine-Louis

Paris 1795 - Paris 1875

Maker: Barbedienne

Ours dans une auge

Bear in Trough

c. 1832



Dimensions (HxWxD): 4 12 × 5 14 × 3 34 in.

signed lower left: BARYE

Acc. No.: 2013.305

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr.

Photo credit: Image courtesy of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

© Artist:


  • 2013, Gift of Mrs. Nelson L. St. Clair, Jr.


  • Museum's website, accessed July 27, 2018


  • Museum's website, August 1, 2018:
    Here, the presence of the trough makes clear that Barye observed the bear at the zoo. Barye presented the original cast of this bronze to the wife of Duc d’Orléans, his royal patron. Barye chose not to produce other casts of this sculpture during his lifetime so that her gift would always be unique. However, Barbedienne produced this popular model starting in 1877.