Yale Shows Rare Collection By French Sculptor Jules Dalou
By Roger Catlin | Hartford Courant June 11, 2009
France is often seen as the place artists go to find freedom. But in that era, Dalou had to flee the country because of his association with the leftist Paris Commune. He escaped to an unsung country for artistic (and political) freedom — England, where, not knowing the language, he stayed mostly to himself and his French expat hosts and produced a remarkable series of sculptures, largely of seated women.
The Yale Center for British Art has organized a rare collection of five of those sculptures, which opens today. It is titled “Dalou in England: Portraits of Womanhood, 1871-1879.”