Aimé-Jules Dalou French, 1838-1902


Aime Jules Dalou was one of the most prolific and successful monument makers in France during the last two decades of the nineteenth century. Dalou received his first commission for a public monument for the Royal Exchange in London having been forced into exile to England because of his left-wing political views. This commission was a major turning point in the artist's career. When he returned to Paris after the amnesty of 1879-80, only monuments celebrating the greatest men of ideals of his era could completely satisfy him. In Paris during the 1890s, a number of Dalou's monuments were erected and inaugurated to commemorate distinguished individuals. Each of these individuals was someone with whom Dalou felt a particular artistic, social, or political affinity.


Adrien A. Hebrard (c. 1865-1937), fondeur, devoted much of his life to promoting sculpture and the craft of bronze casting. He was especially committed to the preservation of works left uncast by artists at the time of their death. Without Hebrard's intervention much of the work of Jules Dalou would have remained unknown. Three years after Dalou's death, the Petit Palais acquired a great number of small terracotta and plaster models. Two years later, in 1907, Hebrard was given authorization to cast the works in bronze.


Légion d'honneur, Officier


Paris Salon, 1861, 1867

Museums and Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago

Detroit Institute of Arts

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Louvre Museum

Musée d’Orsay

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Tate Gallery, London

Allen Art Museum at Oberlin College, Ohio

National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Art Gallery of Ontario

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Mass.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Dahesh Museum, New York City

Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Mass.

High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

National Portrait Gallery, London

New Carlsberg Glyptotek

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis

Springville Museum of Art, Utah

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

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