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.
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.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.