HD photographs of Fontaine Miroir d'eau statues at the Grand Palais - Page 597
We were at the Square Jean Perrin, located at the Grand Palais in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing the statues on a fountain called Fontaine Miroir d'eau, la Seine et ses affluents, which was sculpted by Francois Raoul Larche.
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This first HD photo shows one of the statue groups positioned on the Fontaine Miroir d'eau, la Seine et ses affluents, which in English translates to the Fountain Mirror of water, the Seine and its tributaries, and there are actually three statue groups, all with a woman and two children.
You will find that the statue groups were designed to be allegories representing different rivers in France, which are the Aube, Armancon, Cure, Essone, Loing, Marne, Oise, Petit Morin and the Yonnen, and the River Seine is theoretically the main focus and the body of water.
Now these statues were originally sculpted in plaster and presented at a Paris Salon for French artists but the sculptor Francois Raoul Larche and initially these were meant to be for a water fountain project at the Place du Carrousel in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris by the famous tourist attraction of the Musee du Louvre.
But as you can see in this next close up photo, there are also turtles and plants, as well as frogs and fish, that represent aquatic and marine life, however, when these statues were produced in marble, it was decided that the Fountain Mirror of water, the Seine and its tributaries would be located in the courtyard at one of the entrances to the Grand Palais.
And in this image you can see the marble frogs on the Fontaine Miroir d'eau, la Seine et ses affluents, which as we mentioned before, were all produced by Francois Raoul Larche, who was born in the October of 1860 and followed in his fathers footsteps to become a French sculptor.
So, having been at the School of Decorative Arts, he then entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts and won a gold medal at the 1900 Universal Exposition, which was when the Grand Palais was inaugurated, plus Francois Raoul Larche also received the title of Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1910, but unfortunately his life came to a tragic end when he was hit by a car in the June of 1912.
With this last picture you can see the whole water fountain with its statues, sitting right in the middle of an open grass area within Square Jean Perrin, which to give you a better idea of its location is right next to the northern side of the Grand Palais along Avenue du General Eisenhower.
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