The sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye (French, 1795-1875) was fascinated by the primal energy of the animal world. To him and other Romantic artists, the unrestrained and unfettered actions of animals were regarded as true embodiments of instinct, a quality they valued over reason. Barye closely studied the anatomy of animals and their movement, incorporating realistic details into his representations. Although adept at creating monumental sculpture, Barye found his greatest success with small bronzes. By 1845, he began producing them in numbers for middle-class collectors. The Museum's Bull is a reproduction of an original sculpture (ca. 1842) by Barye.
Made of bonded bronze (cold cast). "Cold-Cast" bronze (also referred to as "bonded bronze") is a product made from resin mixed/blended with 100% pure bronze powder to give it the appearance of the true bronze. It looks just as a "lost wax" bronze object does - both are bronzes. The cost for making a "lost wax" bronze statue is much greater than that of a "cold-cast" bronze statue. A sculpture made of "lost wax" bronze would be several times more expensive then made in cold cast bronze. Yet in either of the above materials, the casts (the final product made out of the mold) are made using the same rubber mold; which is taken from the original sculpture. Thus, the final result is exactly the same bronze sculpture, only made in a different bronze material. With the cold cast we still achieve the same bronze effect at much lower cost and thus is more affordable.
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