Statue of Lavoisier or "The Thinker" (c. 1889) by Jules Dalou


A bronze monument to Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, signed by "Dalou", cast and posthumous edition of "Susse Frères Publishers in Paris"(mark and stamp).

Aimé-Jules Dalou (French, 1838–1902), born in Paris, studied under Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Francois-Joseph Duret, combining the richness and vivacity of the former with the academic purity and scholarship of the latter, and became one of the most versatile and outstanding French sculptors of the 19th century. Dalou was opposed to the monumental classicism which dominated sculpture under the Second Empire, and, along with other artists, boycotted the official Salon from 1861 onwards, exhibiting instead at the so-called Salon des Refuses. He worked in London from 1871 to 1879, during which time his teaching influenced the trend in English sculpture of the late 19th century toward greater humanism and naturalism in domestic subjects.

Dalou become an Officer of the Legion of Honor and winner of the Medal of Honor at the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle of 1889. He was founding member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890. His work covered a very wide range of sculpture, and includes bas reliefs, friezes, and maquettes, as well as individual figures or groups from monuments that were also created as bronzes. producing numerous bronze statues and busts of well-known figures, neo-classical groups throughout his career.

13 x 7 x 7 in.