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Mathurin Moreau
French, 1822–1912
Seated Allegorical Female Figure
Cast bronze
H. 36 in. x W. 10 in. x L. 11 1/2 in.
Metz 665

His work has been described as a song of feminine grace. Moreau, son and student of sculptor John Baptist Moreau, entered the Ècole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study with Ramey and Dumont in 1841 and won the Prix de Rome in 1842. He began his career in 1848 at the Paris Salon, and he assisted sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse in his foundry and studio during the 1850s and 60s.

Moreau earned numerous awards and was appointed to the prestigious position of Officier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1885.

His body of work includes tombs, statues and busts of personalities, and ornamental sculptures in locations such as the Paris Opera, the Palais de Justice, the Hotel de Ville, and the Tuileries. But his work also includes also a number of statuettes featuring pleasing allegorical themes: Meditation (1861), Spring (1865), Circe (1873), Reverie (1883), and Youth (1905).

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