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HD photographs of Volltaire statue at Comedie Francaise - Page 1108

We were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Comedie Francaise, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Volltaire Seated, which was sculpted by Jean Antoine Houdon.

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Volltaire Statue Inside Comedie Francaise

This first HD photo shows a statue depicting Voltaire, who was actually born with the name Francois Marie Arouet in the November of 1694, yet became known by his pen name of Voltaire, and being a writer, historian, philosopher, playwrite and advocate of freedom of religion and freedom of speech, he was a very talented and versatile writer with much wit.

Volltaire Statue By French Sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon

However, Voltaire also had a very turbulent life and was not always liked, even ending up in exile in Switzerland for twenty years, but this was when a literary society decided to pay tribute to Voltaire and launched a public subscription for a statue to be sculpted in his honour.

It was the first time that a living author was to be honoured, which had previously been a royal prerogative, and the person chosen to produce the statue was Jean Baptiste Pigalle, yet known as Voltaire Nude, showing his fail frame due to his age, which is now held within the Musee du Louvre, the statue met with great disapproval and some ten years later a statue called Votalire Seated was sculpted by Jean Antoine Houdon.

Right Hand Side Of Volltaire Statue In Comedie Francaise

So here you can see the statue of Voltaire Seated at the Comedie Francaise, which was produced in marble by Jean Antoine Houdon who was born in Versailles in 1741 and studied under Jean Baptiste Pigalle who produced the first statue of Voltaure at the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in Paris, before it became known as the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Jean Antoine Houdon won the Prix de Rome in 1761, which meant he could spend time in Italy furthering his studies and gaining a good reputation, especially with an anatomical model that has served as a guide for artists since his time, and upon his return to Paris started to receive many different public commissions.

Left Hand Side Of Volltaire Statue In Comedie Francaise

Now some places state that this particular Voltaire statue was sculpted in 1781, whereas other sources state 1788, however, Jean Antoine Houdon also produced other sculptures and busts of Voltaire, with portrait busts being his speciality, one of which depicting Voltaire can now be seen at the Chateau de Versailles and Jean Antoine Houdon was even requested to travel to America by Benjamin Franklin to produce sculptures of George Washington in various attire and poses.

Volltaire Statue On Pedestal Inside Comedie Francaise

Voltaire did return to Paris in 1778 in February with very ill health, yet managed to see the performance of his play Irene in March where he was treated as a hero by the audience, and he passed away in the May of 1778, yet because of his views and criticism of the Church, he did not originally have a proper burial, however, his remains were transferred to The Pantheon in 1791 after a procession through Paris that reportedly saw over a million people attending.

And even today his plays are still performed at the Comedie Francaise, which is why, as you can see from this photograph, the marble statue of Voltaire sits on top of a large pedestal within an alcove in a prominent position in the lobby of the Comedie Francaise located on the Rue de Richelieu by the Place Colette in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris.

Other statues at Comedie Francaise

  -  Pierre Corneille sculpture
  -  J B P Moliere sculpture
  -  Jean Racine sculpture
  -  Victor Hugo sculpture
  -  Monument to Aux Comediens Morts pour la France
  -  Marivaux bust
  -  Beaumarchais bust
  -  Jean-Baptiste Poquelin statue
  -  Jean Mounet-Sully bust
  -  Mademoiselle Mars statue
  -  Rachel statue

Tourist attractions close by

  -  Photos of Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  -  Photos of Louvre Museum
  -  Photos of Tuileries Gardens
  -  Photos of Place de la Concorde
  -  Musee du Jeu de Paume
  -  Musee de l’Orangerie
  -  Pont Neuf

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