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Spectacular bronze sculpture “Diana Huntress” by Mathurin Moreau

Unique large French bronze sculpture “Diana Huntress” signed Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912)

Elegant French bronze sculpture representing Diana Huntress, resting after the hunt, by Mathurin Moreau. Diana, the virgin goddess – patroness of the countryside, hunters, crossroads, and the Moon –  sits on a rock with her prey and her bow and quiver lying beside her on the ground. In a very elegant position, she looks, eyes half down, as if lost in thought. On her head she wears a crescent moon, attribute of the goddess. She covers herself partly with her clothes which are draped sensually around her legs. The sculpting is remarkably lifelike, especially when we look at the details of her hairs and the way the fabric of her clothes flows naturally around her body.

The bronze has a warm brown-green patina which is in very good condition. This beautiful French bronze sculpture “Diana Huntress” carries the signature of “Mat. Moreau – Hors Concours”. Further, it rests on a rotating base.

Dimensions: 63 cm high, 28 cm wide, 27 cm deep. Diameter of the rotating base: 24 cm.
Weight: 19.8 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.

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

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