Bronze sculpture Jules Dalou Broken Mirror or Unknown Truth Susse XIXth

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Bronze patina sculpture representing a seated naked woman lamenting, "The Broken Mirror or The Unrecognized Truth", signed Dalou *, stamp and signature of founder Susse Frères ** (Lost Wax), from the 19th century.

This sculpture is in very good condition and is of remarkable quality. This is the 14.5 cm tall model. Similar model reproduced in "Jules Dalou, the sculptor of the Republic", Exhibition at the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris, 2013, page 391, n ° 316. Available in 3 heights (14.5 cm, 22 cm and 34 cm).

A note: tiny wear of time, see photos.

* Aimé-Jules Dalou, known as Jules Dalou (1838-1902):

French sculptor. Dalou is with Rodin the outstanding figure of French sculpture of the end of the XIXth century. But, already in his lifetime, the public's perception of his art may have suffered from Rodin's immense fame. Dalou had no official career. Like many leading artists of the second half of the 19th century, he quickly passed through the School of Fine Arts: he owed his training to the excellent Imperial School of Drawing Arts and the teaching of Carpeaux. Until 1870, like Rodin and many others, he was employed in Paris in decorative sculpture sites. He played a political role during the Commune: he was a member of the Federation of artists led by Courbet who appointed him curator at the Louvre. Condemned by the Versaillese, he fled to England where he lived until 1879. The years he spent in England ensured his success: he then obtained numerous commissions, his works were accepted in major exhibitions and he taught at the famous Slade School. Returning to Paris in 1879 after the amnesty, Dalou quickly met with success as a portrait painter and as the author of several public monuments which are among the most important ordered by the Third Republic: Monument to Alphand (Bois de Boulogne), Monument to Delacroix (Luxembourg garden), Triumph of the Republic (Place de la Nation), Estates General, session of June 23, 1789 (National Assembly). He did not have time to complete his last major project, a Monument to the Workers (or Monument to the Workers), whose idea came to him in 1889. (See Universalis site)

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** The Susse frères company:

The company Susse frères was created in 1758, in Paris, originally a stationery business, it gained its acclaim in the foundry of art. The two Susse brothers, Nicolas and Victor, began by selling small bronzes in their stationery at Passage des Panoramas. We find traces of their new activity as founders of art in 1839, they publish a small catalog of their production. It was their first major contract with a renowned sculptor, James Pradier, who launched their business in 1841. In 1847, they used the Sauvage reduction process, which enabled the creation of small furnishing bronzes reproducing famous works. Under the Second Empire, the house prospered thanks to many artists completing its catalog. Nicolas and Victor having died, it was Albert Susse who continued the activity, relying on two sales stores in Paris. A third, will open in the 1900s at 13 boulevard de la Madeleine. It is now the oldest art foundry in France still in operation and has received the Living Heritage label.

Data sheet

  • Dimensions 12,4 cm x 7,4 cm
  • Height 14,5 cm