Supplication [Supplication] by Aimé-Jules Dalou (1897-1902). Bronze with a red-brown patination. Height: 12 inches (30 cm). The present model was cast from. Stamped “AA Hébrard Cire Perdue” and numbered 10. Robert Bowman, London. Photograph by Julian Jans. Another view. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Commentary by Robert Bowman

The terracotta maquette for Supplication was Dalou’s initial study for a proposed monument to Léon Gambetta. Intended for the place du Carrousel in Paris, this monument was never built. A monument was instead erected in Bordeaux. Dalou would use a similar composition to the present work for the figures of Wisdom and Freedom, which would later adorn the Bordeaux monument.

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

Last modified 29 November 2014