“Virtutes civicae, ense et labore”, PICAULT Emile Louis

(1833 - 1915)

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Beautiful allegorical bronze with green patina titled “Virtutes civicae, Ense et Labore” (civic vertues, sword and work). The young, half naked warrior is streching his arm to the sky with a laurel branch. With his right hand he holds a sword over his shoulder. A large round shield in his back. . Signed on the terrace. Marble base.  

Size: H 98cm – H 108cm with the marble base

Lit: Picault, prolific sculptor has been very successful with his allegories, patriotic subjects and other heroic figures. He presented his works regularly at the Salon from 1863. He used many different foundries for casting his sculptures, all of which were exhibited as bronzes, many being cast by Susse Freres, Houdebine, and Colin. Bronzes by Picault feature in the collections of the Museum of Chambery, ‘Le Semur d’Ides’; The Museum of Clemont Ferrard, ‘Hebe’ and The Museum of Mauberge, ‘Le Devoir’. 

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