"David vainqueur" by Marius Jean Antonin Mercié (1845-1916)

A massive bronze "David vainqueur" by Marius Jean Antonin Mercié, medal patina signed A.Mercié and the F.Barbedienne Fondeur foundry mark and also "Réduction mécanique A. Collas" stamp. The bible character is shown with Goliath's head at his feet, like Donatello's David, sheathing his sword. Marius Jean Antoinin Mercié represents the syncretism trend in style which characterizes a lot of 19th century artists who searched the past for inspiration because they had broken away from both neo-classicism and romantism.

History :
The plaster model was exhibited at the 1872 Paris Salon and the 1900 Paris World's Fair.
A marble specimen was exhibited at the 1889 Paris World's Fair.

About the artist

Marius Jean Antonin Mercié was born in Toulouse on October 30th, 1845 and died in Paris on December 13th 1916, he was a french painter and sculptor.
He entered the Paris School of Beaux Arts were he was teached by Alexandre Falguière and François Jouffroy. In 1868, he won the Grand Prix de Rome with "Theseus vanquisher of the Minotor". In 1872, he sent the plaster model of his "David Victorious" from the Villa Medicis in Rome to the Paris Salon and won a first class medal for it. In the same year, and it is an unique fact wich went down in the history, the Villa Medicis in Rome awarded him the cross of the Legion of Honour. It was the biginning of success with his "David" and "Gloria Victis" exhibited at the 1872 Paris Salon. He was a member of the Neo-Florentine. Mercié started to paint in 1880 but it was as a sculptor that he was most praised and known for. He became a drawing and sculpture teacher at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and member of the French Academy in 1891. He received the title of Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour and three years before he died he was made president of the french Société des Artistes in 1913.

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Dimensions

Height : 37.40 inches

Time 1890
Origin France, Paris
Materials Bronze
Reference David-Mercié271
 "David vainqueur" by Marius Jean Antonin Mercié  (1845-1916)

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