Aristide Onesime Croisy (Fr. 1840-1899)
Zouave Soldier of the Franco-Prussian War (the War of 1870)
Bronze, signed rear of base,
Zouave soldiers were known for their flamboyant uniforms which included short open front jackets with a waistcoat, baggy trousers and braiding embroidered on pantaloons and jackets. Often worn with a fez although this soldier is wearing a forage cap.
Croisy studied at the École des Beaux Arts with Toussaint, Dumont and Gumery. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1867 on and garnered numerous medals. He was a prolific sculptor with wide ranging subjects including genre and allegorical figures and portraits of historical and contemporary personages. Among his best known works are several statues of the generals of the Franco-Prussian War.
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