Bronze print with a shaded brown patina.
Signed P. Dubois on the back.
Bears the mark of founder F. Barbedienne Paris and No. 930 on the left edge of the base and bears the circular stamp Reduction A.Collas on the back.
H. 82 cm high
LITERATURE IN RAPPORT :
- Florence Rionnet, Les Bronzes Barbedienne, the work of a dynasty of founders, Arthéna, 2016, model listed under cat. 692 p.314 and 315. Repr. p. 65.
- Catalogue des sculptures du musée de Troyes fondé et dirigé par la Société académique de l'Aube, Troyes, Musée de Troyes éd. 1931, p. 40; p. 42-43, cat. n°127.
WORK IN RAPPORT : Paul Dubois, La Charité, bronze master model, between 1876 and 1879, Barbedienne fondeur, H. 95.5 x W. 38 x D. 50 cm.
On the death of General de La Moricière (1806-1865), General Changarnier and the committee he presided over wished to see a funerary monument erected in Nantes Cathedral in honour of the deceased. Such a privilege is explained by General de La Moricière's involvement with Pope Pius IX, whose troops he led.
The project began in 1869, entrusted to the architect Louis Boitte and the sculptor Paul Dubois. Both will find in the Renaissance a source of inspiration. The works of Paul Dubois betray the Michelangelo influence, particularly in the allegorical figure of Military Courage. Alongside the latter, three other virtues come to exalt the life of the general. In addition to Military Courage, the virtues of Faith, Wisdom and Charity are also represented from other angles.
It was presented at the 1876 Salon, alongside the Military Courage. The admiration aroused by these two sculptures is such that they are described as "masterpieces of contemporary sculpture". The work loses its original sense of allegory of Charity and becomes instead a republican symbol of fertility and abundance represented by the mother figure. It was an imm