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Aimé-Jules Dalou
1838 - 1902
FRENCH
STUDY OF A FEMALE NUDE FOR LA REPUBLIQUE
signed: DALOU, stamped: CIRE / PERDUE / AA HEBRARD and inscribed: M
bronze, black patina
51cm., 20 1/8 in.
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On 29th April 1879 the City of Paris announced a competition for a monument to symbolise the strength and utopian dream of the Third Republic. Dalou heard about the competition while in exile in England following the Commune but knew that his pardon was shortly to be granted; he returned to Paris and submitted a plaster sketch. The earliest representation of this is the terracotta model in the Ashmolean Museum (see Hunisak. op. cit., fig. 105F). Dalou's sketch impressed the jury and he was commissioned to cast his scultpure in bronze, whereupon his monument would be installed in the Place de la Nation. This was by far Dalou's largest commissioned work: a vast multi-figure construction eleven metres high and requiring a record 42 tons of bronze.

Discussing the maquettes that Dalou made in preparing for his monuments, Dreyfous observed that 'maquette is not in essence the right word, because each of these statuettes was made as if it were destined to survive as a final work'.  Dreyfous describes the present study as 'a morcel of such beauty and so completely finished that it demands to be made into bronze'.  The present model is inscribed 'M', denoting this particular version as the chef modèle: the original bronze cast from which other casts were subsequently made.

A bronze study cast after a terracotta maquette for the figure of Fraternité was sold in these rooms in 2010 from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection for $25,000.

RELATED LITERATURE
M. Dreyfous, Dalou, sa vie, son oeuvre, Paris, 1903, pp. 123-124; A. Ciechanowiecki, Jules Dalou (1838-1965), exh. cat., Galerie Heim, Paris, 1965, p. 15; J.H. Hunisak, The Sculptor Jules Dalou, New York and London, 1977, pp. 207-229, figs. 105a-105W.

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