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Peasant’s head

Aimé Jules
Dalou
Paris, 1838 - Paris, 1902
Study, 1894
Terracotta
40 x 24 x 26 cm

Dalou’s modest origins as the son of an artisan and his left-wing political convictions could explain the sculptor’s early interest in depicting the working class.

Since the 1850s, “Realist” novelists, painters, engravers or photographers had chosen the urban working-class population as a subject for study with the intention of providing a truer image of the world around them.
Between 1888 and 1896, Dalou worked during his spare time without having received any commission on a preliminary version of his Monument to the workers, which was never seen in public. He used some of his studies for the bas-reliefs of the Monument to Alphand (inaugurated in 1899 on the avenue Foch), which represents the earthworks and construction activity in Paris.
The many studies for the Monument to the workers are drawn partly from scenes observed by Dalou and transcribed in the studio from memory or from his sketchbooks. At this stage, neither the faces nor the clothes or agricultural techniques are very precise. Dalou would probably not have emphasised the picturesque or narrative aspects.
Some elements were studied in greater depth. The surprising Head of a peasant, in which every last wrinkle is depicted, was undoubtedly sketched from a model posing in his studio.
These lifelike sketches came to light when they were exhibited in 1905 in the Dalou Gallery of the Petit Palais. Since then, they have been widely reproduced in bronze and are highly sought after by collectors.

Inventory number: 
PPS00257
Inventory number : PPS00257
Acquisition details : Purchased from Georgette Dalou, the artist’s daughter, 1905
Room 40. Dalou, the sculptor
The 19th century
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