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HD photos of Jacques MacDonald statue on Aile de Rohan-Rivoli at Musee du Louvre - Page 1192

We were admiring the Aile de Rohan-Rivoli facade of the Musee du Louvre in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Jacques MacDonald, which was sculpted by Eugene Leon L'Hoest.

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Jacques MacDonald statue on Aile de Rohan-Rivoli

It was in the early part of the 1900s that it was decided there would statues positioned within niches on a wing of the famous Louvre Museum called the Aile de Rohan-Rivoli, and these were all to depict commanders, generals and Marshals of France who had fought during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Commissioned to numerous different sculptors, unfortunately, these were not realised until after World War I was over, and this particular statue representing Jacques MacDonald was not put in place until the start of the 1920s.

Jacques MacDonald statue by artist Eugene Leon L'Hoest

Jacques MacDonald was born in 1765 with a full name of Etienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald who embarked on a military career. Although not always in favour and sometimes out of work, Napoleon Bonaparte made him an advisor to the Viceroy of the Kingdom of Italy and on the field during the Battle of Wagram, Napoleon made him a Marshal of France, at the time referred to as a Marshal of the Empire.

After this, he was then given the title of Duke of Taranto and during other battles Jacques MacDonald distinguished himself, being one of the marshals sent by Napoleon Bonaparte to take the notice of his abdication, remaining loyal to the Empire.

Jacques MacDonald inscription on statue pedestal

At the Restoration Etienne Jacques Joseph Alexandre MacDonald was made a Peer of France, awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of St Louis, and remaining faithful to the country he ended up becoming the Chancellor of the Legion of Honour, a post he held until his retirement.

So these are some of the reasons why Jacques MacDonald was one of the gentlemen chosen to be represented on the Louvre, and the statue was commissioned to Eugene Leon L'Hoest.

Aile de Rohan-Rivoli with Jacques MacDonald statue at Musee du Louvre

Eugene Leon L'Hoest was born in Paris in July 1874 and initially studying in Angers he moved to Paris for his career as a sculptor, first working in the studio of Gabriel-Jules Thomas, but later in his career had his own workshop, which he remained in until passing away in 1937.

You will find that Eugene Leon L'Hoest was mainly recognised as an orientalist after his travels in Algeria, Egypt and North Africa, with two of his works now held within the Musee d'Orsay, which he executed whilst in Cairo. Although, Eugene Leon L'Hoest was also commissioned for statues, busts of celebrities and different memorials, along with regularly presenting works at the Paris Salons for French artists, yet he also became a professor at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

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