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Marius Jean Antonin Mercie (French, 1845-1916)

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At just twenty-three, as a student both of Jouffroy and Falguiere at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Mercie won the Prix de Rom in 1868 with his Thesee Vainqueur du Minotaure. He remained in Rome from 1869-1873, creating both of his most famous works: David Vainqueur and Gloria Victis!; at 27 he won medal of first class with David Vainqueur, after which he began a long career of important commissions, including the funeral monuments of Louis-Philippe and Marie Amelie at the Dreux in 1886. By age thirty he was a famous sculptor and continued enjoying great success in his work, ultimately being named president of the Societe des Artistes Francais in 1913 only a few years before his death.

Literature:

  • Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders vol I, Berman, p. 157 & 159
  • The Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 488-91
  • Bronzes d'Art F. Barbedienne, Paris (1886 edition), p. 48
  • Art Bronzes, Forrest, p. 44-46, p. 479