Mathurin Moreau (d. 1912) was the eldest brother of a successful and prolific family of sculptors. He worked on numerous public monuments, as well as a series of large decorative bronze statuettes, for which he is primarily famed. He became one of the administrators of the Val d'Osne foundry and it is likely that most of his own work was cast by this company. Moreau's career was long and successful and he exhibited at the Salon from 1848 up until the end of the century.
The present work La Source, also known as La Libellule (The Dragofly) and occasionally Ondine, was exhibited at the Salon in 1876 and subsequently edited in bronze.