Les Lutteurs (The Wrestlers) Bronze by Francois Marius Laugier
A rare bronze titled Les Lutteurs by Francois Marius Laugier depicting two classically proportioned male figures at the peak of youth and strength in the pivotal moment in wrestling, after the initial lift and before the fall. The energy and movement is emphasized by the intense action as one man throws another into the air. Signed Laugier and stamped with the foundry mark Galeria Artistica Peru 134 S.C. Reguan.
Laugier was born in Marseille in 1835 and died in the same city in 1890, aged 55. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Marseille. He obtained a scholarship to continue his studies in Paris under the tutelage of Jouffroy and later spent some time in Italy before returning home to Marseille. Initially he exhibited mostly busts including that of his father. He also participated five times in the prestigious Paris Salon between 1866 and 1879. It is in the Salon of 1879 where he first exhibited the wrestlers in plaster after which he rendered the statue in bronze. Later in life he collaborated in sculpting architectural elements of the Biblioteque of the School of Arts in Marseille and in 1870, he was commissioned by the City of Marseille to produce two statues and a bas relief on the facade of the Church of Saint Cannot which sadly he never started.
Dimensions: 38″ ( 96.5 cm) H x 17″ ( 43 cm) W x 10″ ( 25 cm) D