Carrara marble sculpture of a female figure by Mathurin Moreau

By Moreau, Mathurin (French, 1822-1912)


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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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.


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


98 cm / 38.6 inches
41 cm / 16.1 inches
30 cm / 11.8 inches


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