"Jules Dalou (1838-1902). Peasant Rolling Up His Sleeve Or Large Peasant."In 1889, Jules Dalou, who has just produced the "Triumph of the Republic", had the idea of a monument composed of a column 32 meters high, pierced with niches containing statues of workers, artisans, miners, etc... At the top is "a large peasant rolling up his sleeve". For ten years, the artist will travel the fields, visit the factories, go down to the mines to better study his subject. He drew many sketches, sketches in terracotta and plaster, and produced a general volume model. But the monument to work will never be executed. Only a large-scale plaster cast of the Great Peasant is found in his workshop after his death. His heirs present it posthumously at the Salon of the National Society of Fine Arts in 1902. The innovative aspect of this work representing a man of the people, without idealization but with a noble and dignified attitude, makes a strong impression. The model will be widely distributed through the bronze, glazed stoneware and biscuits edition of the Manufacture de Sèvres. ~ The original plaster is kept in the collections of the Petit-Palais in Paris. Various bronzes are kept in the collections of the Musée d'Orsay, at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, at the National School of Arts and Textile Industries in Roubaix, in the garden of Prés Fichaux in Bourges, in Vierzon, in Commentry and in the Manufacture of Sèvres.