HD photographs of marble Rachel statue at Comedie Francaise - Page 1114

We were at the Comedie Francaise in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Rachel, which was sculpted by Francisque Joseph Duret.

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Right side of Rachel statue in Comedie Francaise
Made of marble, this first HD photo shows a statue depicting Rachel who was actually born in 1821 with the name of Elisa Felix or Elisabeth Felix, yet having moved to Paris and studying to become an actress, she had her stage debut in 1837 under the name stage name of Rachel that was given to her by the director of the Theatre du Gymnase, which she kept for the rest of her life.

Rachel, also known as Mademoiselle Rachel was an instant success with her voice and acting skills, becoming known as one who played many different roles in tragedian plays by famous playwrights such as Pierre Corneille where she starred in Horace at the Comedie Francaise in 1838 at the young age of 17, however she is best known for her role in the dramatic tragedy called Phedre, which was written by Jean Racine.
Left side of Rachel statue, Comedie Francaise, Paris
Now this particular statue of Rachel was sculpted to depict her in the role of Phedre who was the main female character in this French play written in five acts by Jean Racine, and originally it was produced as a small plaster version before the main marble statue you can see here within the peristyle area inside the Comedie Francaise, located in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Place Colette.
Rachel statue by sculptor Francisque Joseph Duret
The statue of Rachel seated in her stage attire was produced by Francisque Joseph Duret, the son of the sculptor Francois Joseph Duret, who was born in 1804 and as well as studying under his father he also studied under Francois Joseph Bosio, winning the joint first place of the Prix de Rome in 1823, which meant he could further his studies at the Villa Medici, French Academy in Rome.

Upon his return from Italy, Francisque Duret received several commissions for statue and sculptures that can be seen at tourist attractions such as the Cirque d'Hiver, Jardins des Champs Elysees, Chateau de Versailles, the entrance to crypt of the Tomb of Napoleon at Les Invalides, along with probably his most well known work being that of the main statue group on the Fontaine Saint Michel.
Comedie Francaise Elisa Felix or Rachel seated marble statue
Elisa or Elisabeth Felix, known as Mademoiselle Rachel, had a very successful career at the Comedie Francaise, also known as the Theatre Francais or the Theatre de la Republique, yet she also travelled to many different countries even performing for Queen Victoria in London, so it is fitting that a statue of her be placed in a prominent position within this historical Paris theatre, and this was sculpted in marble by Francisque Duret in 1865, the same year that he passed away.

And with a height of 1.6 metres, this historical statue of Rachel, who was Jewish and passed away in 1858, has been the subject of different exhibitions over the years including at the Petit Palais in 2011 and a few years before that at the Musee d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaisme, yet belonging to the Comedie Francaise where it remains as part of their collection for most of the time, this now has an inventory number of S0061.

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