Aimé-Jules Dalou (1838-1902), born in Paris, was a prominent French sculptor of the 19th century. He studied under studied under Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Francois-Joseph Duret, and his work combines richness and life with academic clarity. From 1861 onwards, he exhibited at the so-called Salon des Refuses and was active in the Paris Commune. His work encompassed a wide range of sculpture, including bas reliefs, friezes, and maquettes, as well as individual figures or groups from monuments that were created as bronzes. He received numerous public commissions and is known for his Triumph of the Republic (1879-1899). He was also a founding member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1890.