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Marius Jean Antonin Mercié

Antonin Mercié – (Toulouse October 30, 1845 – December 12, 1916 Paris) – Marius Jean Antonin Mercié was a French sculptor and painter.
He attended the École des Beaux-Arts, and studied under Alexandre Falguière and François Jouffroy. He won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1868 and his bronze of David was one of his most popular works. The life size original is now in the Musée d’Orsay. Mercié was appointed Professor of Drawing and Sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts, and was elected a member of the Académie Française in 1891. Elected to grand officier of the Légion d’honneur, president of the Société des artistes Français.