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Set of five bronze sculptures. "Musicians". Attributed Auguste Moreau (Dijon, 1834-Malesherbes, Loiret, France, 1917).
Bronze with rouge griotte marble base.
Group of five children's figures, all standing and each on a pedestal in carved veined stone, with a circular base, with a small area of bronze worked in a way that resembles natural earth, with small plants, flowered roses and other elements. One of the children appears playing a long trumpet, and his inclined posture harmonizes with that of the infant who plays the tambourine, as the inclinations of both are opposite; and this same set of postures can be seen, when compared to each other, with the child holding a short stick and an open book and with the one who appears playing a stringed instrument (similar to a mandolin); This visual game is completed by the figure that plays a drum and some cymbals. As for clothing, it consists of only a few small cloths that cover the basics for the decorum of the 19th century, following the usual in this type of work, closely linked to the Neoclassicism of this time. The circular base with Rouge Griotte marble molding, a highly prized marble and frequently used in quality sculptures at the time.
This game is reminiscent of various works by (or attributed to) Auguste Moreau, such as "Un critique d'art" (various private collections), or the pair of "Putti musiciens" (private collections), or the one titled "Prelude" ( private collections) of a boy playing a stringed instrument.
Auguste Moreau was one of the members of this important family of sculptors specialized in small-format bronzes. Son of the painter Jean Baptiste Moreau, he began training at his brother Mathurin's workshop. He exhibited his work at the Paris Salon from 1861 to 1913, and it was recognized in several ways (appointment at the Société des Artistes Français). His work was so appreciated that, as it used to happen in these cases, numerous editions of them were made, in addition to serving as inspiration for his models for other artists (curiously, it was specially published in the United States).
He mainly worked on the genre scenes, the pastoral scenes and the allegories (some with great influence on Classicism), with a style highly appreciated for its realism and its grace and delicacy, similar in some details and compositions with works by the other Moreau. He preferred bronze, but he also worked marble and only occasionally combined bronze with gold. His work is preserved only in some important private collections, and also in institutions such as the Museums of Fine Arts of Bordeaux, Dijon, Gray and Reims, among others."

· Size: 9x9x23 cms.

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