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Jules Dalou

Born: Paris, 31 December 1838
Died: Paris, 15 April 1902
Nationality: French
Background: 

son of a glove-maker

Studies: 

Petit Ecole (1852-54, Paris); with Francisque Duret at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1854-57)

Career: 

1870 – exhibits Embroider (bronze, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe) at Paris Salon; it is purchased by French government

1871 – joins Gustave Courbet’s left-wing/republican Federation of Artists; curator of Louvre collections under the Paris Commune; exiled to London by Third Republic; professor of sculpture at South Kensington School of Art 

1879 – returns to Paris (amnesty for Commune activists); commissioned by city of Paris to produce Triumph of the Republic for Place de la Nation

1883 – exhibits bronze reliefs Mirabeau Responding to Dreux-Brézé (Palais Bourbon, Paris) and Fraternity (Mairie, 10th arrondissement, Paris); wins gold medal at Salon; awarded Légion d’honneur; refuses professorship at Ecole des Beaux-Arts

1885 – exhibits Tomb of Auguste Blanqui at Salon

1890 – exhibits Tomb of Victor Noir at Salon; Delacroix Monument unveiled in Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Travels

London exile (1871-79)

Commissions from: 

Victoria (Queen of England); City of Paris

Important Artworks: 

Woman Reading, 1877 (Manchester Art Gallery)

Fraternity, 1883 (terra cotta, Dahesh Museum, New York)

August Blanqui Tomb, 1885 (Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris)

Victor Noir Tomb, 1890 (Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris)

 See also

Auguste Rodin, Jules Dalou, c. 1883 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)