Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art

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ZAR 23 450
Lot 104
  • Aimé-Jules Dalou; Déspair or La Défense de La Patrie
  • Aimé-Jules Dalou; Déspair or La Défense de La Patrie
  • Aimé-Jules Dalou; Déspair or La Défense de La Patrie

Lot Estimate
ZAR 30 000 - 40 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 23 450

About this Item

French 1838-1902
Déspair or La Défense de La Patrie

signed; numbered 5 and bears the Cire Perdue A A Hébrard Foundry mark

height: 20cm; width: 6cm; depth: 7,5cm


Aimé-Jules Dalou commenced his artistic journey as a student at the École des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1861, which lead him to cultivate his signature sculptural style characterised by the female form. During his London sojourn in the wake of the Franco-Prussian War, he taught at the Lambeth Art School, significantly influencing a cohort of notable English artists, including William Goscombe-John, George Frampton, and Harry Bates. His presence in Britain during 1871 marked a pivotal moment in the evolution of sculpture in the country, akin to the impact of Claude Monet, James Tissot, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, and Andre Derain on British painting in the late 19th century, as underscored by the Tate Britain exhibition, Impressionists in London (2017–2018). Dalou’s artistic legacy inspired many British sculptors and the formation of the New Sculpture Movement. Prominent museum collections include Musée d’Orsay and Petit Palais in Paris, as well as abroad, including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


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