The best of Barye’s sculptures surpass mere anatomical description and resonate with human passion and conflict. “Lion and Serpent” (the plaster model is in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon), is the Barye’s most famous work.

Tiger devouring a gharial

Barye obtained his first success at the Paris Salon of 1831 with the model of "Tiger devouring a gharial".

Honoré Gonon

The Minister of the Interior purchased Barye's monumental plaster Lion (since called Lion Crushing a Serpent), shown in 1833, and had it cast in bronze by Honoré Gonon and shown in 1836, before placing it in the public Tuileries Gardens (now Musée du Louvre, Paris).