Aimé-Jules Dalou


Aimé-Jules Dalou was a French sculptor known for his wide range of works including reliefs, friezes, maquettes, and individual bronze figurines. Dalou’s works often exhibited his empathy towards common workers and farmers, reflecting his socialist views in ways similar to that of Jean-François Millet. Born on December 31, 1838 in Paris, France, he studied under Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and later at the École des Beaux-Arts. From 1861 onward, the artist boycotted the official Salon and instead exhibited at the Salon des Refuses. He took an active part in the Paris Commune, and fled to England after the collapse of the revolution. Dalou lived and work in London over the next eight years, before he was granted amnesty by the French Republic. During his time there, he taught sculpture at South Kensington, and influenced trends in British sculpture towards humanism and naturalism. Following his return to Paris, Dalou secured many public commissions, the most prestigious of which was his Triumph of the Republic, on which he worked from 1879 until 1899. By the end of the century, he had become a keystone of the French establishment. The artist died on April 15, 1902 in Paris, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.
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