Beautiful Antique French Bronze Sculpture “La Source” signed Mathurin Moreau

Antique French Bronze Sculpture “La Source” signed Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912)

Elegant refined and detailed French  bronze sculpture with a warm brown patina.  It represents a young woman sitting on a rocky mound, drinking from a spring with a shell. This beautiful French bronze sculpture “La Source”carries the signature of “Math Moreau“. Also it is stamped “Colin Paris”. Further, it rests on a rotating base. The bronze has a warm brown patina which is in very good condition.

Dimensions: 57 cm high, 24 cm wide, 24 cm deep.
Weight: 14.4 kg.

Mathurin Moreau (1822- 1912)

Mathurin Moreau, born in Dijon on 18 November 1822 and died in Paris on 14 February 1912, was a French sculptor. He is renowned for his decorative sculptures and he was an expert at portraying feminine grace.

Mathurin Moreau was born from the marriage of the sculptor Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Joseph Moreau and Anne Marianne Richer. His brothers Hippolyte and Auguste were also sculptors. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1841 in the workshops of Jules Ramey and Auguste Dumont. Moreau won the second prix de Rome in 1842. And he made his debut at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1848 and stood out there with the statue L’Élégie. He obtained a second class medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1855 in Paris, then a first class medal in 1878. In 1897, he received a medal of honor at the Salon of which he became a member of the jury during the Universal Exhibition of 1900 in Paris.

From 1879 and until his death, Mathurin Moreau was mayor of the 19th arrondissement of Paris. He was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1865 and promoted to Officer of the same Order in 1885.


  • Pierre Kjellberg “Bronzes of the 19th century” p. 511-518.

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