A FRENCH 19TH CENTURY PATINATED BRONZE SCULPTURE INTITLED "THESEE COMBATTANT LE CENTAURE BIENOR" BY ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (1795-1875) STAMPED AND CAST BARBEDIENNE (1810-1892).
Thésée combattant le centaure Biénor, cast by the renowned Barbedienne foundry from the original work of Antoine Louis Barye, stands as a testament to artistic brilliance of both the sculptor and the foundry in portraying the raw energy of mythological conflicts.
This bronze masterpiece capture a pivotal moment in Greek mythology, immortalizing the intense battle between Theseus, the heroic prince of Athens, and the formidable centaure Biénor.
Theseus, the epitome of courage and strength, is depicted with exquisite detail.
His muscular physique is rendered with precision, showcasing the tension in his sinews as he wields his hammer high, ready to strike down his mythical foe. His facial expressions exudes determination and resolve, capturing the essence of a hero facing a formidable adversary.
Opposite Theseus, the centaure Biénor is a marvel of sculpture.
His human upper body contorts with primal rage, while his equine lower body rears up in a display of raw power. Every muscle and sinew is meticulously crafted, showcasing the artist's mastery in capturing both human and animal anatomy.
The struggle between man and beast is palpable, frozen in time with the bronze.
This sculpture stands as a timeless masterpiece inviting viewers to delve into the rich tapestry of Greek mythology while appreciating the artistry and craftsmanship of two masters in their respective fields.
Dimensions: 78H x 75W x 75D cm
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