Jules Dalou (1838–1902)

Auguste Rodin French
Cast by Alexis Rudier French

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Dalou was one of the most successful sculptors of public monuments in late nineteenth-century Paris. Here, Rodin has immortalized his friend by depicting him bare-chested in an ancient, heroic fashion. Dalou’s sharp features, tensed neck, and bony chest are subtly modeled to convey his austere character and pay tribute to his naturalistic style. Soon after creating the portrait, the two sculptors would end their long friendship with mutual hard feelings over the commissioning of a monument to Victor Hugo planned for the Panthéon.

Jules Dalou (1838–1902), Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon), Bronze, French

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