Hippolyte Moreau was born in 1832 in Dojon, to Jean-Baptise Moreau, a renowned sculptor. Hippolyte Moreau first worked at the family atelier.After he gain experience there, he moved to Paris to study under tutorship of Jouffroy.
In 1859, Moreau exhibited his first oeuvre at the Salon. From 1889 through 1917, Moreau frequently exhibited his work at the "Salon des Artistes Français." He obtained an honorable mention in 1888 as well as a third class medal in 1889. Inspiration of his works come from the same subjects of his brother, Auguste Moreau consisting mostly charming children and young ladies, as well as hunting scenes.
Moreau died in 1927 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
This piece, "Sea Nymph" depicts a nude woman emerging from the crest of a wave, with a conch shell to her back, holding onto the wings of a cherub. The figures have a gold finish, setting them apart from the natural bronze tone of the wave and shell. The piece has its original onyx and bronze mounted plinth.
without plinth: 36lbs
with plinth: 65lbs
Excellent condition, in old, uncleaned, original patina.