French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
artist © : public domain

DUBOIS, Paul
Nogent-sur-Seine, Aube 1829 - Paris 1905

Maker: Barbedienne

Courage militaire
Military Courage

modeled 1876
bronze

statuette
H: 26 3/4

Acc. No. : 27.585
Credit Line : Acquired by William T. Walters, ca. 1886

Baltimore, Maryland, The Walters Art Museum

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Provenance

  • c. 1886, Baltimore, William T. Walters [mode of acquisition unknown]
  • 1894, Baltimore, Henry Walters, by inheritance
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest

Related Works

Another bronze at the Museum in Fécamp (Seine-Maritime).

Comment



Museum's information, April 2013:
While studying in Italy from 1859 to 1863, Dubois was profoundly influenced by Italian Renaissance sculpture. This work was inspired by Michelangelo's statue from the tomb of Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence. Dubois originally sculpted this piece along with "Charity, Meditation, and Faith" as the corner statues for the tomb erected in the cathedral of Nantes, France, for General Jucault de Lamoricière (1806-1865), a commander of the French army in North Africa. The Barbedienne foundry later issued this sculpture in various sizes. A life-size version, donated to Baltimore by William T. Walters in 1885, stands in the Mount Vernon Place.
See also entry on French version of this website.