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Georges Dubois

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameÉmile Georges Martial•Dubois
Used nameGeorges•Dubois
Born18 March 1865 in Paris XIIIe, Paris (FRA)
Died17 May 1934 in Paris XIIIe, Paris (FRA)
Measurements168 cm / 75 kg
NOC France

Biography

Georges Dubois exhibited as a sculptor from about 1890. In 1900, he created the monument in the Jardin du Luxembourg at Paris (Quartier Latin, 6th Arrondissement) that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Frédéric Chopin. It was melted down during the World War II occupation but was replaced by a copy in a retired corner near the bust of Sainte Beuve. Since Dubois could not support his family as a sculptor, the enthusiastic athlete appeared at times in the circus. Finally, he gave up sculpturing and became a fencing master, for instance as armorer at the Opéra-Comique. He was named the “Forgotten Master of Ancient Fencing”, as he studied savate and fencing since childhood and was interested in the intellectual and physical challenges of ancient fencing. Dubois wrote various treatises on this subject and other forms of self-defense. In 1906 he was one of the participants in the “Consultative Conference on Art, Literature and Sport” and was probably acquainted with Pierre de Coubertin. At the 1912 Stockholm Art Competitions he was awarded the silver medal for his work Model of the Entrance to a Modern Stadium in the category Sculpturing. The submitted work is described in detail in the Revue Olympique of July 1912. It is said to have been a kind of triumphal arch with a bas-relief. The planned dimensions were 14-15 m in height and about 16 m in width.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Art Competitions FRA Georges Dubois
Sculpturing, Open (Olympic) 2 Silver