Late 19th century allegorical bronze figure of the "Courage militaire" [Military courage], designed by Paul Dubois and cast by the French bronzeur Ferdinand Barbedienne. Signed on the base "P. DUBOIS". Marked "F. BARBEDIENNE Fondeur Paris" and "Reduction Mecanique A. Collas Brevete".
Paul Dubois (1829-1905) entered the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 1858, then left for Italy. The Florentine sculpture of the Renaissance marked his art definitively. His "Saint John the Baptist" and "Florentine Singer" exhibited at the Salon in 1864 and 1865 are highly inspired by the Italian Renaissance works. From 1880, he also worked as a painter and simultaneously exhibited sculptures and paintings. "Le Courage Militaire", presented at the Salon in 1881, was inspired by a funerary work of Michelangelo: the statue of Julian de Medici in the Medici Chapel in Florence. "Le Courage Militaire" is one of the four bronze figures adorning the corners of the cenotaph of General de la Moricière. This monument built by the architect Louis Boitte for the cathedral of Nantes was inaugurated in 1879. Many prints were made in five sizes by Barbedienne. The plaster model is housed in the Museum of Fine Arts of Troyes. The original bronze is in the cathedral of Nantes.
Dim: W: 8,3 in - D: 9,4in - H: 20,1in.
Dim: L:21cm, P:24cm, H:51cm.
In overall very good condition.
Pierre KJELLBERG, Les Bronzes du XIXème siècle - Dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Les éditions de l'Amateur, Paris 1987, pp. 296-298; Bronzes d'art, Ferdinand Barbedienne, Paris 1886, p. 46.