(1845 - 1916)
Antonin Mercie was active/lived in France. Antonin Mercie is known for sculpture.
Biography Antonin Mercie
Mercie's sculpture received tremendous public and critical acclaim when
it was exhibited in 1874. In his review of the Salon of that year
the critic, Jules-Antoine Castagnary observed: "While monachrists
quarrel over the debris of our battered fortunes, and our statesman go
through their gymnastics and exhibit indifference to everything save
their personal ambition, there exists a young sculptor who has
undertaken to speak directly to our nation and to console our
people." A few years later, an American visitor went so far as to
claim: "No effort of French genius since Sedan- no poem, romance,
oration, or work of art has given so much solace to the defeated nation
as this statue."
The model earned Mercie a Medal
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