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Bust of a Young Man

A work made of patinated plaster.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of patinated plaster.

Date:

1877

Artist:

Aimé-Jules Dalou
French, 1838–1902

About this artwork

This compelling portrait of a studio model—composed in just 90 minutes during a demonstration at a London art school—testifies to Aimé-Jules Dalou’s skill at shaping clay. The artist did not speak English, and so his classes were essentially visual performances: he rapidly modeled a sculpture in clay over the course of a lesson and directed students to follow his lead. The French-born British sculptor Édouard Lantéri later recalled that Dalou “completely carried his students away with him. He knew how to inspire them with the desire to work as well as the love of work, and succeeded in awakening an extraordinary enthusiasm where all before seemed dormant.”

Status

On View, Gallery 201

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Aimé-Jules Dalou

Title

Bust of a Young Man

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

1877

Medium

Patinated plaster

Dimensions

70 × 44 × 32 cm (27 1/2 × 17 3/8 × 12 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor honoring teachers and their students.

Reference Number

2019.1235

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