Auguste Moreau was born in Paris in 1834, the youngest son of sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Moreau. He studied with his father and also under Aimé Millet, Augustin Drumont and Jean Thomas. Each of the three Moreau brothers - Hippolyte, Marthurin and Auguste - have become renowned for the quality and the beauty of their figurative sculpture.
This bronze sculpture is of Asclepius, the Greek god of Healing and Medicine. The figure holds the staff and the snake, which later became the caduceus. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene", the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (the goddess of the healing process), Aglæa/Ægle (the goddess of the glow of good health), and Panacea (the goddess of universal remedy).
This figure in this composition is strong and dynamic. His legs and torso are stout and taut. The work has a fine brown and green patina. There is a small ding on the edge of the base which has been highlighted in one of the photos.
The work measures 23” high, 9” wide and 5” deep and it weighs 18 lbs.