Antoine-Luis Barye (1796 - 1875)
Antoine-Louis Barye was a French sculptor, painter, and print-maker, whose main subject matter was animals.
At the age of 13, he became the apprentice of an engraver. During that time, he engraved military equipment.
During 1817, he began to sculpt while in the studio of Francois Bosio.
Slowly but surely, Barye gained a reputation as a monumental sculptor. During the 1830s, he had government commissions for images of wild animals. Later on in the 1850s, he did figure groups and portraits for the facade of the Louvre.
In general, Barye was responsible for setting a higher standard for creating animal sculptures.