Marcel Rau ( Belgian 1886-1966) Monumental, twice life size bronze garden sculpture of a seated nude in the long grass. Signed and dated (19)21 and quite possibly cast by "Compagnie des Bronzes de Bruxelles" with a green verdigris patination. Rau was the winner of the Prix de Rome in 1908 and the present sculpture is similar to "Maternite" at the Musee des Beaux -Arts in Tournai (but without the child).
Marcel Rau was the son of an architect and related to Victor Horta. He studied sculpture and architecture at the "Académie des Beaux-Arts of Brussels" (1903-1909). As member of the "Académie Royale de Belgique". Marcel Rau was one of the guiding lights of early twentieth century Belgian sculpture, completing many architectural sculptures and bronze medals and he made important contributions to the 'renaissance' of decorative arts in Belgium. His sculpture can be found at the "Université Libre de Belgique" (ULB) and at the Belgian National Bank, and a series of commemorative war monuments in Halle, Beloeil, Ostend, Thimister, Ninove and Elsene. His work has been preserved in Museums throughout the world including those in Brussels, Paris, Budapest, Rome and in the Botanical Gardens of Saint Louis Missouri USA.
Dimensions: 40 inches in height by 45 inches in length by 22 inches in width.