HD photographs of George Sand statue by artist Francois Leon Sicard in Luxembourg Gardens - Page 240
The Jardin du Luxembourg is a large free public garden in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, and the following high definition photos show one of the many statues located within the grounds, with this one being dedicated to George Sand.
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In this first photograph you can see a marble statue of a woman, which was designed by Francois Leon Sicard to represent George Sand who was a writer, novelist and playwright that went under this pseudonym, or pen name to originally get away from the fact that she was actually a woman.
Francois Leon Sicard was born in Tours in 1862 and became a French sculptor who gained major recognition, with works that can be found in countries all over the world including Australia, but very little is known about him as a person, although he did win the Prix de Rome in 1891, and became a member of the Beaux Arts Academy in 1930, four years before passing away in Paris.
And this close up photo shows the detailing that Francois Leon Sicard put into this monumental sculpture dedicated to George Sand, who was actually born in 1804 with the name of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, and although born in Paris, she was raised at the family home in Nohant, which is where she passed away in 1876.
Now this statue was actually inaugurated in the July of 1904 within the Jardin du Luxembourg, yet a plaster model was temporarily placed within the garden while they were waiting for the marble statue to be completed, and it is still in the same location close to the entrance on the eastern side.
In the 1800s women were not highly regarded within literary circles, which is why she chose a male name, but she also used to smoke and even dress in mens clothes, which caused quite a stir in the upper classes, especially with other unorthodox aspects of her life, yet Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, or should we say the alias George Sand, has become a name most recognise.
But as you can see from this last close up photo showing the stone base of the marble statue, all it says is George Sand, which is the name she used for all her novels, plays, etc that made her famous, yet she is also well known for her many affairs including one with the composer Frederic Chopin and another previously with the writer Alfred de Musset.
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