Bronze with nuanced dark brown patina
base in red marble
cast by BARBEDIENNE
late 19th century
height of the bronze figure 48 cm
total height 57 cm
Paul Dubois (1829-1905) was a French sculptor and painter. He was the great-nephew of the famous sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. After studying law, he was admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the workshop of Armand Toussaint, then he went to Rome. Dubois began at the 1860 Salon by exhibiting a bust of the Countess B. and a Child . He got in 1863 a medal for his first two statues of "St. John the Baptist" and "Narcissus bathing". Deeply influenced by Italy and Renaissance art, he became leader of sculptors called "Florentine", because much inspired from their Quattrocento predecessors. Back in Paris, Paul Dubois had a great success with "The Florentine Singer" and won the Medal of Honor at the 1865 Salon. Paul Dubois became friends with other sculptors such Henri Chapu, Alexandre Falguière and musicians as Georges Bizet. The Duke of Aumale commissioned the equestrian statue of Constable Anne de Montmorency for the center of the esplanade leading to the entrance of the castle of Chantilly.
One of the major works by Paul Dubois is statuary of the Cenotaph of General Lamoriciere in Nantes Cathedral. He was then responsible for sculpting the four bronze statues framing the mausoleum, notably inspired by the allegories of the tomb of the Medici in Florence. He exposed both of these figures, "Charity" and "Wisdom" at the 1877 Salon. In 1865 and 1876, Dubois received a medal of honor at the Fine Arts Salon. He was a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. In 1873, Dubois was appointed curator of the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris. In 1878 he succeeded William Eugene as director of the School of Fine Arts in Paris. His students were notably Fabio Stecchi and Camille Claudel, until she met Auguste Rodin in 1884. His monument to Joan of Arc, inaugurated on the steps of the cathedral of Reims in 1896 also contributed to his reputation and earned him the grand cross of the Legion of honor awarded by President Felix Faure.