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Mathurin Moreau, born in Dijon in 1822 and died in Paris in 1912, is one of the greatest French sculptors of the 19th century.  Rewarded at the Salons of 1855, 1859, 1861, 1863, 1897 and at the Universal Expositions of 1855, 1867, 1878 and 1889, he is the most widespread French sculptor in the world, particularly in Latin America.

Admitted to the École des beaux-arts de Paris in 1841, Mathurin Moreau won the Second Grand Prix de Rome with Diodème at the age of 21, winning the Palladium. This early genius left hundreds of monumental works throughout the world: From the esplanade of the National Assembly in Quebec City, to the courtyard of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, and passing through the Al Tahra Palace in Cairo, his talent was displayed in fountains, sculptures and public monuments in dozens of countries.

 Mathurin Moreau collaborated with the Val d'Osne art foundry, of which he was a director. As part of this collaboration, Mathurin Moreau produced about a hundred models of decorative objects and statues, from which numerous bronze or cast iron sculptures will be drawn.

Mathurin Moreau's original marbles are obviously much less numerous. They were greeted and quickly acquired by the French State, such as La Fileuse (1861) for the Musée du Luxembourg. In parallel with his activity as an official sculptor, Mathurin Moreau produced a series of smaller marble statues, presented at the Salon des Artistes Français and often drawing their subject from mythology such as Daphnis and Chloé, which are kept at the Musée d'Orsay. Our marble is part of this series. "The Source" was sculpted several times by Mathurin Moreau with variations each time.

From 1879 until his death, Mathurin Moreau was mayor of the 19th arrondissement of Paris.


Museums and public places:

South America: Tacna au Pérou, Valparaíso, Buenos AiresSalvador de Bahia

North America: Boston, Ottawa, Quebec…

Genève, Lisbonne, Liverpool…

Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne, musée d’Orsay, North Station,

              Opéra Garnier, Père Lachaise cemetery …

Dijon, Musée des Beaux-Arts

Marseille, Musée des Beaux-Arts