Gorgeous Antique French Bronze Sculpture “Allegory of Spring” signed Mathurin Moreau

French Bronze Sculpture “Allegory of Spring”

This gorgeous French bronze sculpture “Allegory of Spring” by Mathurin Moreau (1822- 1912) depicts a young woman. She symbolizes the feeling of spring. For instance she is wearing a light dress and she is barefoot. Also she has flowers in her hair and a butterfly rests on her right hand. And in her left hand she carries a basket of flowers.

The design of this antique French bronze sculpture “Allegory of Spring” by Mathurin Moreau is very elegant and refined. The bronze has a warm brown patina which is in very good condition, giving this antique sculpture an attractive look.

This sculpture carries the signature “Moreau Math” on the base and it has a foundry mark of E. Colin & Cie, Paris. The sculpture rests on a red marble plinth.

Dimensions: 55 cm high, 22 cm wide, 15 cm deep. Diameter of the marble base 14 cm.
Weight: 9.4 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 was admitted to 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. A 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.

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

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