CHAPU, Henri
(b. 1833, Le Mée-sur-Seine, d. 1891, Paris)

Alexandre Dumas Père

1876
Marble, height 103 cm
Comédie-Française, Paris

Alexandre Dumas père (1802-1870) was the French author of many plays, popular romances, and historical novels. He excelled at both the dramatic genre and the romantic novel. His works involve adventuresome plots, which depict the heroic triumph of human strength and endurance. He wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. His illegitimate son Alexandre Dumas (1824-1895), called Dumas fils, was also a dramatist and novelist. He is best known for his play La Dame aux camélias (1848), the basis of Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata and later of several films titled Camille.