HD photos of Rhinoceros statue at Musee d'Orsay - Page 1181

We were in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris at the Musee d'Orsay, when we took these high definition photos showing the Rhinoceros statue, which was sculpted by Alfred Jacquemart.

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Rhinoceros statue, Musee d'Orsay, Paris
Only put in this place in the 1980s, this first HD photo shows a large statue of a rhinoceros, which just has a title of Rhinoceros, that can now be seen on the parvis or esplanade of the Musee d'Orsay right by the museum entrance, which you can see in the background.
Head of sculpted Rhinoceros at Musee d'Orsay
This life-like statue was originally commissioned in 1877 in readiness of the 1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris that was taking place at the Jardins du Trocadero and the new Palais du Trocadero.
Front view of Rhinoceros statue with another animal sculpture
There were actually four different statues of animals commissioned for this event, which were requested by the most renowned animaliers of the time, in other words, animal sculptors, which also included the Horse you can see behind the Rhinoceros.
Back view of Rhinoceros statue on Musee d'Orsay parvis
So here you can see the back of the Rhinoceros statue on the square of the Musee d'Orsay as we were looking towards another museum on the opposite side of the road called the Musee de la Legion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie.
Left side of Rhinoceros standing on a rock
Now this particular statue was produced by Alfred Jacquemart who was born in Paris in 1824 with a full name of Henri Marie Alfred Jacquemart, although as you will see further below, he always used the name of Alfred Jacquemart.
Right side of cast iron Rhinoceros statue
Initially Alfred Jacquemart began studying painting under Paul Delaroche before changing direction completely and studying under Jean Baptiste Jules Klagmann in order to become a French sculptor, entering the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1845.
Rhinoceros statue by French sculptor Alfred Jacquemart
Alfred Jacquemart started exhibiting his works at the Paris Salons, with the first one in 1847 being a work depicting a heron, and producing small as well as medium and large works, he became recognised primarily as an animalier.
A Jacquemart inscription on rock of Rhinoceros statue
As you can see from the above close up photo, once a sculpture was completed by Alfred Jacquemart, he always signed his work as A-Jacquemart with the distinctive curl of the R travelling under the T at the end of his name, and in this instance it is located on the rock on the side of the statue.
Sculpted Cactus on Rhinoceros statue at Musee d'Orsay
Rhinos are found in tropical and sub tropical terrains in Asia and Africa, and this particular statue was sculpted with a base of rock along with a cactus and other plants, and this was produced in cast iron by the Voruz Foundry based in Nantes.
One horned Indian Rhinoceros by animalier Alfred Jacquemart
There are different sub species of rhino, some having two horns and others with one, and the statue of the Rhinoceros that was sculpted by Alfred Jacquemart was based upon an Indian Rhino as you can see from this photograph, as it only has one horn.
Back and left side of 1877 Rhinoceros sculpture
You will find that Alfred Jacquemart produced many different sculptures and statues being in high demand, even over in Egypt with an enormous equestrian statue and lion statues, not forgetting the dragons for the Fontaine Saint Michel in Paris as well as this rhinoceros, yet passed away very suddenly within his workshop in 1896.
Factories J Voruz Nantes 1878 embossed inscription on statue base
On the base of the statue you can see an imprint which in English states;

Factories J Voruz Nantes 1878.

This was a family run foundry who originated from Switzerland and produced small guns and rifles along with bells for churches plus setting up an iron foundry they produced metal structures and decorative items as well.
Tourist info plaque on Rhinoceros statue pedestal
Here you can see a close up of the tourist information plaque located on the pedestal base of the statue, and when translated into English this reads;

Cast of Voruz

Ordered in 1877 for the terrace of the first Palais du Trocadero Universal Exhibition, Paris, 1878.
Rhinoceros statue sculpted for 1878 exhibition in Paris
As you saw from the previous photo and we mentioned earlier, this Rhinoceros statue was sculpted for the Palais du Trocadero where it was placed by the terrace within the gardens, however, this old palace was destroyed to make way for the new Palais de Chaillot, and at that time this cast iron animal statue was put into storage for safe keeping.
Sculpted plant leaves on Rhinoceros statue
But unfortunately, when the Palais de Chaillot was constructed for the 1937 Universal Exhibition other sculptures were commissioned and the original four animal statues were still held in storage for 90 years after Alfred Jacquemart passed away, until 1986 when three of these were transferred to the esplanade of the Musee d'Orsay.
Musee d'Orsay cast iron Rhinoceros statue in Paris
So today you can still see the Rhinoceros statue as well as the Horse and the Elephant by other artists at the square to the Musee d'Orsay on the Left Bank of the River Seine in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris, yet the Bull was transferred to Nimes located in an entirely different region of France.

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