Mathurin Moreau was born in Dijon in 1822 and died in Paris in 1912. He was the son of Jean Baptiste Louis Joseph Moreau, a sculptor by trade, and had two brothers, Hippolyte and Auguste, also sculptors. He was a student of Jules Ramay and Auguste Dumont at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. He won the second prize of Rome in 1842 and made his debut at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1848. He was awarded a second class medal in 1855 at the Universal Exhibition in Paris, a first class medal in 1859, in 1861 and 1863, a second class medal in 1867 at the Universal Exhibition, a first class medal in 1878 and a gold medal in 1889 at the Universal Exhibition, a medal of honor in 1897 and he became a member of the jury the same year, he was out of the competition at the Universal Exhibition in 1900. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1865 and promoted to Officer in 1885. Mathurin Moreau collaborates with the Val d'Osne foundry of which he is a shareholder, he will become one of the directors. His great notoriety and his multiple awards brought him many official orders. His statues and monuments can be found all over France, but also in Europe, in South America where he was very popular, in the United States, in Canada and in various European countries, but also in Egypt and Algeria.
In addition to these numerous places where one can contemplate his works, often monumental, he is also present at the Museum of Angers, Dijon and Orsay.
Mathurin Moreau, an academic sculptor, is the champion of feminine grace. He put his talent at the service of beauty. The suppleness of the body, the sensuality of the forms barely veiled by a light sheet, the fineness of the uncluttered neck, the hair pulled up into a bun that lets some wild strands escape, are a hymn to beauty.
The bronze representation of Spring was exhibited at the 1863 Salon.
The signature on the base is partly faded.
The base has been restored.
19th century period.
Dimensions : height 86 cm.
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