Peace [La Paix] by Aimé-Jules Dalou (1897-1902). Bronze with a red-brown patination. Height: 10¼ inches (25.9 cm). The present model was cast from. Stamped “AA Hébrard Cire Perdue” and numbered 1. Robert Bowman, London. Photograph by Julian Jans. Another view. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Commentary by Robert Bowman

The present model was cast from the plaster study for one of the two allegorical figures that were to adorn Dalou’s monument to Victor Hugo. The original sketch for the monument, destined to be installed at the Pantheon (Paris) where Hugo was buried, was shown at the salon of 1886. Dalou worked on the project until 1900, although it was never finally installed. Hugo, best known outside France for his acclaimed novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, was also a committed Republican, a political conviction held deeply by Dalou.

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Aimé-Jules Dalou (1897-1902). Online exhibition catalogue. London: Bowman Sculpture, 2014. Web. 29 November 2014.

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