An attractive early 20th Century group animalier bronze group of three alert hares standing on their hind quarters with their ears pricked. The bronze exhibiting attractive deep green patina and good hand chased surface detail, signed Jean Magrou & dated 1911
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Height: 16 cm
Width: 13 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Jean Marie Joseph Magrou
(October 22, 1869 – 1945) was a French sculptor. Born into a family of artists (his father is a lithographer), Jean Magrou studied at the Lycée Henri IV in Béziers (France)where he distinguished himself in the study of Greek and Latin, and was passionate about mythology.
Wishing to become a sculptor, he enrolled at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he was admitted to the workshops of Gabriel Thomas (1824-1905) Eugène Émile Thomas and Jean-Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933). He competes successfully for the Prix de Rome. As a young groom, he decides not to go and stay at the Villa Medici. it is thus "second prize of Rome". He exhibited at the Salon of French artists from 1893 and obtained a 3rd class medal in 1895.
He moved to Paris and married in 1898 Jeanne Rixens, niece of the painter Jean-André Rixens (1846-1925).
Professor of modeling and drawing at the Sorbonne, he participated in 1907 in the teaching cooperative created by Marie Curie. Jean Magrou is buried in the Old Cemetery of Béziers.