Georges Marie Valentin Bareau (1866-1931) L’Histoire Marble Sculpture
This sculpture by the renowned artist, Georges Marie Valentin Bareau (1866-1931), measuring 24 by 22 by 9 inches, is a rare example in marble of L'Histoire, an allegory of history, also known as L'Appel Aux Armes (Call to Arms), for its association with the President du Comite Central les Huissiers de France, Congres de Bordeaux. The work is also known as La Poesie (Poetry). Casting by Barbedienne in the early 20th century have repeatedly appeared for sale at auction and elsewhere for many years, but ours is the only example in marble that we have seen in our 17 years in business. Signed George Bareau.
Born in Paimbœuf, south of Nantes, he attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied under Charles Gauthier (1831-1891) and Gabriel-Jules Thomas (1824-1905). He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1889 and thereafter for many years. He won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900, and in 1906 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur. His works are found in various museums, including Musée de Nantes and the Grand Palais in Paris.