Neutral Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1920 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 2000
not titled [Buildings with decoration].
Collection Title: Sketchbook mainly of buildings, scenes, interiors, figures and birds in Venice and NSW
Materials & Technique: drawings, sketchbooks, graphite; paper drawing in black pencil Support: paper
Jules Dalou was born on 31 December 1838 in Paris. In 1854 he began classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and in 1861 he shoed is first sculpture at the Salon. Other submissions followed, attracting little attention until 1870, when his Brodeuse (Embroiderer) was much admired and acquired by the state. his involvement in the short-lived Paris Commune of 1871 (he was appointed curator at the Louvre by the revolutionary government) led to nearly ten years of exile in London. There he exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy and built up a popular reputation. From 1877 to 1880 he taught at the National Art Training School (now the Royal College of Art). Under the general amnesty announced in 1879-80 Dalou returned to Paris. His competition entry for a monument honouring the Republic for the Place de la République did not win, but was accepted for a different sit, the Place de la Nation. This project was to occupy him for the next twenty years, though leaving time for other commissions, notably the Monument to Eugéne Delacroix (inaugurated 1890) and Monument to Charles Floquet (inaugurated 1899). The triumph of the Republic was inaugurated provisionally in plaster in 1889 and finally unveiled in bronze in 1899. His next major project, apparently undertaken on his own initiative without a commission, was to be a monument to the workers which he started in 1889 but never brought to completion. Dalou died in Paris on 15 April 1902.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra