Allar composed the plaster model for Isis se dévoilant in 1893 and the prime marble version was executed in 1901 and acquired by the state for 9,000FF; it is now in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Haute-Garonne. According to Noet, the model is inspired by Guéron d'Angely's poem La Vierge de Saïs and he notes a letter from the sculptor describing the figure as being symbolic of the soul of the Earth, Nature, and the universal discovery of man's intelligence (Noet, op. cit., p. 172). Noet lists only one reduction of the model, which must be presumed to be the present, very finely carved, marble, which he records as having been executed towards the end of Allar's life in 1923.
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