young bather by mathurin moreau

This graceful marble sculpture depicts a young woman preparing to dip her foot in the water. Dressed in a diaphanous robe that shows the contours of her body, one hand rests lightly on a tree stump adorned with reeds to maintain her balance.

This graceful marble sculpture depicts a young woman preparing to dip her foot in the water. Dressed in a diaphanous robe that shows the contours of her body, one hand rests lightly on a tree stump adorned with reeds to maintain her balance.

Signed «moreau.math.», the Young Bather is the work of the famous 19th and early 20th century French sculptor, Mathurin Moreau. He was the first son of the well-known French painter and sculptor « Jean-Baptiste Moreau » and had two younger brothers, Hippolyte and Auguste who were also great sculptors. Moreau is known for his gracious and elegant female figures. He won the second « Prix de Rome » in 1842 and several other honours and awards during his life, including the gold medal at the World Exhibition in 1889 and the ‘Hors Concours’ at the World Exhibition in 1900. Moreau also worked on many public monuments and is represented in several museums such as the « Musée d’Art Décoratifs », in Paris which is dedicated to the exhibition and preservation of the decorative arts.

Towards the end of his life, Moreau became the mayor of Paris’ 19th district where the Moreau family’s contracts with the major Parisian bronze foundries enabled them to produce large numbers of bronzes d’art. This was not the case with marble sculptures, which are much rarer.

Height: 82 cm

Round Base – Diameter: 26 cm

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