Alfred Barye

French sculptor

Alfred Barye "Le Fils" or Alf Barye (Paris, France, 21 January 1839 – Paris, France, 1882) was a French sculptor of the Belle Époque. He was a student of his father, the artist Antoine-Louis Barye. In cooperation with Émile-Coriolan Guillemin, Barye did the artwork for "The Arab Warrior Knight on Horseback". Other works of his were animal bronzes as well as Oriental subjects. At his father's request, he signed his work as "fils" to differentiate his work from his father's.

As was his father Antoine Louis, Alfred Barye became Ferdinand Philippe d'Orléans' favorite sculptor, and later the quasi-official sculptor of Napoleon III.

He signed many of his sculptural works Barye or A. Barye, the same signature that was used by his father. This causes as much confusion today as it did during his lifetime and many of Alfred’s models are mistakenly attributed to and sold as his father’s works. After much family disagreement and at the insistence of his father, he began signing his work Alf. Barye, and later A. Barye Fils. It has been suggested but never confirmed that Alfred Barye was responsible for quite a few unauthorized life time casts of his father’s works. Many of the works mistakenly attributed to Antoine Louis Barye are actually by the brilliant son Alfred Barye. The young Alfred worked for a long time in his father's studio and while he conceived and created the works himself, his father appropriated them by signing them with the name Antoine Louis Barye and preventing his son from making his works with the Barye signature. Growing up Alfred began to rebel more and more of the violence of Antoine Louis Barye. Father and son did not speak to each other for several years. The Barye rebellion finds a symbolic moment in the sharing of artistic researches with another son of art Emile Guillemin with whom he formed a strong friendship and recipient esteem.


Barye's bronzes are now in many museums' collections:


Alfred Barye did several exhibitions in Paris from 1864 to 1882.

  • The Salon de Louvre Museum, Paris, 1864 through 1882
  • The racehorse Sir Walter Scott, 1865
  • Italian jester, 1882



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