HD photographs of golden Les Oiseaux statue at Palais de Chaillot in Paris - Page 15

We were in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris at the Palais de Chaillot, when we took these high definition photos showing a golden statue called Les Oiseaux, which was sculpted by Lucien Brasseur, known as Louis Brasseur.

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Golden Les Oiseaux statue at Palais Chaillot
This first HD photo shows one of the eight gilded statues located on the esplanade in between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot called Les Oiseaux, which in English translates to The Birds, and hence why the female figure has been depicted holding a bird.
Les Oiseaux statue created by Lucien Brasseur
These particular statues were commissioned for the new construction of the Palais de Chaillot for the 1937 World Fair in Paris, called the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Tenchniques dans la Vie Moderne, and in this close up photograph you can see the bird, which looking like a pigeon pecking in the hands of the young lady.
Panoramic of Les Oiseaux statue next to the Palais Chaillot
You will find that each of the eight golden statues were commissioned to a different artist, and this particular one of Les Oiseaux was produced by Lucien Brasseur who was born in 1878 with a full name of Lucien Alcide Constant Brasseur, yet was also known as Louis Brasseur.
Left side of Les Oiseaux statue
Initially each of the statues was produced in plaster, before then being cast in bronze and gilded, and the original plaster for this statue of The Birds is now held at the Palais des Beaux Arts of Lille, which is the same area where Lucen Brasseur was born, in the northern part of France.
Right side of Les Oiseaux statue
Originally this area in between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot was called the Esplanade de Trocadero, and is famous for its views over the Jardins du Trocadero and to the opposite bank where you can get an impressive view of the Eiffel Tower, yet it was renamed, the Esplanade des Droits de l'Homme.
Palais Chaillot NE facade with Les Oiseaux statue
In fact the terrace, or esplanade that you can see here was renamed The Rights of Man due to the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly that was held at the Palais de Chaillot in 1948, and this is a view showing the west wing of the palace with four of the golden statues.
Les Oiseaux statue front view
As you can see here the statue of Les Oiseaux is positioned on a tall pedestal in front of one of the picture windows of the Palais de Chaillot, which is the same feature for all of the different gilded bronze statues that can be found on this terrace dividing the two wings that were designed in an arc shape.
Statue Les Oiseaux on pedestal RHS
And The Birds is the very first statue you will see on the right hand side of the esplanade as you are walking up to this area looking towards the Eiffel Tower from the Place du Trocadero, where the equestrian statue of Marachel Foch stands, which is on the western wing of the Palais Chaillot.
Statue Les Oiseaux on pedestal LHS
Now we mentioned earlier that this statue was sculpted by Lucien Brasseur, also known as Louis Brasseur, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and won the Prix de Rome in 1905, which meant he could further studies at the Villa Medici in Italy, although he was not always well received due to his rebellious attitude.
Les Oiseaux with 3 other golden statues
However, Lucien Brasseur has become most well known for his Monuments to the Dead, which can be found in different places around the north of France, with the best known one dedicated to those that died in World War I being found in Tourcoing, yet just after World War II he was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris, which is where he eventually moved to and where he passed away in 1960.
Golden female figure holding bird at Palais de Chaillot
But there are not many works by Lucien Brasseur that you can discover in Paris, apart from Les Oiseaux golden statue, as the majority of his statues are found within different museums and places throughout France such as within Normandy and Nord-pas-de-Calais.

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