Catalogue entry

Jules Dalou 1838–1902

T00825 Nue Sssise Retirant son bas (Seated Nude taking off her Stocking) c. 1878–80

Inscr. ‘Dalou/Makers/H. J. Hatfield & Son/London/2/6’ at centre of base at back.
Bronze, 7 3/16 x 6¿ x 7½ (18.25 x 15.5 x 19).
Presented hy Miss Nadia Nerina through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1966.

One of six numbered casts made in 1965 from an unsigned tinted plaster in the collection of Miss Nadia Nerina. The plaster, which she bought from the Dalou exhibition at Mallets in April-May 1964 (21 repr.), was cast after a terracotta now in the collection of the Petit Palais, Paris. It is thought that Dalou executed the original during his stay in England (1871–80). Henriette Cailloux in Aime-Jules Dalou (Paris, 1935) writes ‘… [Dalou], exiled in England and having to earn a living, sacrificed himself to the public’s taste for Baigneuses. These always found admirers; he excelled in this delicate but secondary genre which he thought not quite worthy of himself …

‘It seems that Dalou’s sculpture began to grow supple and to enlarge at the end of his stay in England, perhaps as a result of his journey to Flanders, during which he had so admired Rubens. La femme nue lisant dans un fauteil... reveals a considerable relaxation in the design, a forgetfulness of the traditions of the school and a contempt for conventions. These tendencies are still stronger in several Femmes retirant leur bas ... in which the investigation of movement is emphasised ...’ (p. 103).

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.