Public Art

Mother and Child

By Marcel Rau
Category: Sculpture


Rau was born in Brussels and studied under Paul Dubois at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. He executed war memorials at seven Belgian cities, and did portraits and independent works. Rau won the Prix de Rome in 1911. Most of his public work is on display in Europe although Mother and Child is by no means his only work in the United States. This piece is one of three casts and while it was made in 1929 it was not installed until fifty years later. George McCue, former art editor of the Post-Dispatch, described his figures as “done with the strength of contours, and with the fullness of volume that characterizes the figures of Maillol.”

Dimensions: 4.5′ x 4′ x 4′
Year Completed: 1979
Material: Bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden

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