Carrara marble sculpture of a female figure by Mathurin Moreau

By Moreau, Mathurin (French, 1822-1912)

£35,000

Likely depicting Ruth, this superb marble sculpture is signed by Mathurin Moreau, a highly regarded 19th century French artist of the Academic style.

 

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Description

Executed in fine carrara marble, this exceptional marble sculpture of a young female figure was made and signed by Mathurin Moreau. It likely depicts Ruth, the Biblical figure, although there may be elements of a Ceres, Spring (Printemps) or other harvest-deity influence to the depiction, and shows her standing, resting on a small plinth, and holding wheat sheafs in her right hand and in a sash across her waist.

The sensitively, diligently, and meticulously carved marble, brough to a high level of polish, is mounted upon a gilt-bronze emblazzoned red-marble base, and stands just under a metre tall. Half life-size, 'Ruth,' is depicted as a beautiful young maiden, calm, composed, and in the Academic style for which Moreau became highly celebrated. An exceptional sculpture, and probably a unique work, this rare marble by Moreau stands out among in oeuvre, demonstrating his skill and quality as a sculptor, active in late 19th century France.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Moreau, Mathurin (French, 1822-1912)
Country of Origin
French
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Period
Late 19th Century
Style
Academic, Classical, Figurative Art
Material
Carrara Marble, Marble, Ormolu (Gilt Bronze)
Colour
Gold, Red, White

Dimensions

Height
98 cm / 38.6 inches
Width
41 cm / 16.1 inches
Depth
30 cm / 11.8 inches

Reference:
17038

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