Saturday, 1 May 2010

May CDP Theme Day: Statues


This is Jean-Antoine Houdon, born in Versailles in 1741. He was a sculptor, famous for his beautiful sculptures of 'celebreties' such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Voltaire, Rousseau... His statue stands in a little square that is rarely trodden by tourists!
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Voici Jean-Antoine Houdon, né à Versailles en 1741 et connu pour ses belles sculptures de célébrités de l'époque telles que Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin... Sa statue s'élève dans un petit square rarement atteint par les touristes...

33 comments:

Paulie said...

Thanks for sharing it then! It is a beautiful rendition!

Petrea said...

What a great idea for theme day: a sculpture of a sculptor!

brattcat said...

These are so beautiful, Ciel. What a shame that more people don't visit that lovely little park. I'm so glad you did and shared it with us.

Hilda said...

There's something about his pose and the drape of his clothes that just made me smile. Love the big trees and bright flowers around him too!

I agree with Petrea – a clever choice for the theme.

J Bar said...

Marvellous.
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Jacob said...

Visiting the palace, I was amazed at all of the incredibly beautiful statues...this would rank with the best of them.

I thought the theme was black! Oh, well.

And your comment on Ocala DP was just too funny!

akarui said...

J'aime bien celle du bas. Joli contraste et une belle presence de verdure.

T. Becque said...

Love the white of the statue in all that greenery and flowers!

B SQUARED said...

After the word gets out from Theme Day, the park will no longer be quiet.

tapirgal said...

What a wonderful choice to show the scultor in stone. That's one thing I love about France. You can fill up on world-class sculpture.

CafebyJW said...

He is in beautiful action!

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Dina said...

Fun to see him with rolled up sleeve, at work.

Great choice for the day.

Malyss said...

Et quel est le nom du sculpteur qui a fait la statue de ce sculpteur?..:)
Un petit jardin oublié des touristes..J'aime!

Bon week-end!

VP said...

In fact I didn't tread there, and I am very sorry for this. It looks like a lovely square and a beautiful statue, perfectly in style with Houdon's own art.

Cezar and Léia said...

A sculpture of the sculptor! :) Really interesting, has a dramatic expression on his face!
God bless you!
Cezar

veredit said...

Eine traumhafte Skulptur für den Meister der Skulpturen, lebendig und sehr visionär sieht er aus!

ganz liebe Grüße und einen wunderbaren Monat Mai für Dich!

je t'embrasse et bisous***

isabella

EG Wow said...

He looks a bit like a celebrity himself. :)

Small City Scenes said...

Well I am glad you trod the little square to show us this wonderful statue.

I forgot all about theme day. I suppose I will get over it and move on. Tsk Tsk MB

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

an excellent image for theme day. the statue reaches out to us as though in the middle of a sentence. I hope all is well

Laurent said...

J'imagine que le choix a du être dur car Versailles regorge de statues !

Marie-Noyale said...

Excellent choix !
Il merite cette place pour le theme du jour.

Jilly said...

How beautiful. Really such a lyrical feeling about this.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

So nice to give this little statue its few minutes of fame. Just delightful!!

Jan
GDP

Catherine said...

L'arroseur arrosé.....Le scupteur sculpté. Très élégant négligé.

Clueless in Boston said...

Very clever to post a statue of a sculptor for theme day. Have a great weekend.

Rob and Mandy said...

Heureux de savoir qu'il existe un petit coin ignor'e des hordes de touristes a Versailles. Quant a la statue... Peut etre un peu trop mievre a mon gout.

Bergson said...

mêmepas de muguet au pied de cette statue

Birdman said...

Love this pose, just kind of natural.

paulboo said...

Wonder who did this sculpture of the sculptor? They did a fine job, capturing the artistic temperament in the guy :o)
Nicely photographed too :o)

Louis la Vache said...

Excellent choice for the meme, Ciel, and an interesting 'read', too!

Pour le 1er Mai, «Louis» vous donne un bouquet de Muguet.

Leif Hagen said...

A lovely statue in a beautiful garden! Tres jolie!

JM said...

Beautiful close-up, Ciel!

Kim said...

How nice to feature the famous sculpture. . .it is like seeing a photo of a great photographer. Such a pretty setting he's in, too!
-Kim