HD photographs of La Joie de Vivre statue group in Jardins du Trocadero - Page 774
We were in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris at the Jardins du Trocadero when we took these high definition photos showing a statue called La Joie de Vivre, which was sculpted by Leon-Ernest Drivier.
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This first HD photo shows the large statue composition entitled La Joie de Vivre, which in English translates to The Joy of Living, and this was produced in stone for the newly laid out Trocadero Gardens.
Originally the gardens were laid out by Jean-Charles Alphand for the Palais du Trocadero, yet these were completely redesigned when the old building was destroyed and the new Palais de Chaillot was constructed for the 1937 Universal Exhibition in Paris, a part of which you can see behind the statue.
The Jardins du Trocadero were redesigned by Roger Henri Expert and several different French sculptors were commissioned to produce monumental statues to adorn the gardens, just like this one of La Joie de Vivre, which was sculpted by Leon-Ernest Drivier.
As you can see, the statue of The Joy of Living is at the bottom of the Trocadero Gardens and in this image we are looking towards the Pont d'Iena and the most famous landmark and tourist attraction of the Eiffel Tower, located on the opposite side of the River Seine.
You will find that this large ornamental statue group was sculpted in stone, having been produced using a method called block stone carving, and there are numerous different elements contained within this one piece of art work.
So this close up photo shows a goat, which is on the south eastern end of La Joie de Vivre that faces towards the Eiffel Tower, and as we mentioned earlier, this was entire statue group was produced by Leon-Ernest Drivier.
Here you can see two of the female figures of the statue group, which are often referred to as muses, and therefore this is sometimes referred to as Les Muses et La Joie de Vivre.
Although this photo shows some additional muses, including one sitting as though she is playing a violin, yet there is another very similar styled statue group on the opposite side of the Trocadero Fountains, although this was by a completely different artist.
But getting back to Leon-Ernest Drivier, he was the son of a craftsman, born in Grenoble in 1878 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts becoming an illustrator and a sculptor, then worked within the studio of Auguste Rodin for a while.
Yet Leon-Ernest Drivier was also friends with other famous French sculptors including Antoine Bourdelle and gaining recognition himself, he received many public commissions including The Joy of Living for the 1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne.
For the same Universal Exhibition, or World Fair in Paris, Leon-Ernest Drivier was also commissioned to sculpt two nymphs for the esplanade of the Palais de Tokyo, although not on such a colossal scale as this particular statue group you can see here at the Trocadero Gardens.
However, some of the works by Leon-Ernest Drivier can be seen in different places throughout the world including a statue group in Buenos Aires in Argentina, a monument for Ankara in Turkey, a bust of Jacques Cartier located in Montreal, Canada, etc.
But La Joie de Vivre is probably the most recognised statue group in Paris by this artist, although Leon-Ernest Drivier also produced a statue of Voltaire and a gilded bronze statue of Athena that can also be seen in different areas of the city.
And here you can see the other end of the large Joy of Living statue group with the man having been sculpted to appear as though he is looking over the young person kneeling down.
Whereas this photograph shows the complexity and size of La Joie de Vivre stone statue group, also sometimes referred to as The Muses and Joy of Living, which does not just have human figures, but also animals including a horse, as you can see here.
Although this image shows the location of the Joie de Vivre statue, which is to the left hand side at the bottom of the Trocadero Fountains, known as the Fountains of Warsaw with its water cannons and long basin in the south eastern part of the Jardins du Trocadero.
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Visiting Jardin du Trocadero
Tourist attractions close by
Palais de Chaillot
Musee de la Marine
Cite l Architecture Patrimoine
Musee de l Homme
The Eiffel Tower
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