Philippe Kaenel (dir.), Edouard Papet, Gustave Doré: l'imaginaire au pouvoir, exh. cat. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2014, pp. 236-237, n° 205.
Starting in 1877, Gustave Doré created thirty eight sculptures including L'Effroi or L'Amour Maternel of which a lager plaster is in the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg. This model is strongly influenced by the marble titled Le Messie completed by Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse in 1867 (Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Church).
Overall the bronze is in good condition with minor surface dirt, particularly in the crevices, and wear to the patina at the high points consistent with age and handling. The bronze is cast in several sections. There is a slightly open joint around the midriff that is slightly loose. There are joints visible to both shoulders. Very good cast. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."