DUBOIS, Paul
(b. 1829, Nogent-sur-Seine, d. 1905, Paris)

Florentine Singer

1865
Silver-plated bronze, height 155 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

The Florentine Singer (which the artist's notebooks allow us to relate to figures by Benozzo Gozzoli, Pinturicchio, and Lorenzo da Viterbo) earned Dubois the 'médaille d'honneur' at the 1865 Salon. Highly representative, both in terms of its refined and pleasing appearance and in terms of the culture to which it refers, of a whole school of Second Empire sculpture, this was undoubtedly also one of the best-known works of the period.