Paul Dubois (1827-1905) La Charité Bronze... - Lot 73 - Ader

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Paul Dubois (1827-1905) La Charité Bronze... - Lot 73 - Ader
Paul Dubois (1827-1905) La Charité Bronze with a light brown patina shaded with red Signed " P. Dubois " on the back Founder's mark " F. Barbedienne Fondeur " H: 49 cm and rests on a base in red Morello cherry marble H: 10 cm Related work: Paul Dubois, La Charité, bronze master model, between 1876 and 1879, Barbedienne fondeur, H. 95.5 cm; L. 38 cm; P. 50 cm Related literature: Florence Rionnet, Les Bronzes Barbedienne. The work of a dynasty of founders (1834-1954), Arthena, 2016, p. 314 -315, model listed under cat. no. 692. 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 the cathedral of Nantes 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. This one is presented at the Salon of 1876, alongside 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 meaning as an allegory of charity and becomes instead a republican symbol of fertility and abundance represented by the mother figure. It was an immediate success and these two works earned Paul Dubois the Medal of Honour for Sculpture as well as the recognition of the Academy, which offered him the opportunity to succeed Perraud at the Institute.
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