HD photographs of Archidamas statue by P J H Lemaire in Luxembourg Gardens - Page 297
We were within the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris when we took these high definition photos of a statue called Archidamas by the French sculptor Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire.
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This first HD photo shows a close up of the statue called Archidamas, which was produced in marble and standing at 1.50 metres in height, this was first presented at the 1887 Paris Salon by the French sculptor Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire.
Here you can see the back view of the marble statue on its large stone pedestal base, surrounded by a pretty flowerbed and well kept lawn within the Luxembourg Gardens, which is home to the French Senate, who also maintain all of the statues and sculptures within the gardens.
And this photograph shows the front view of the Archidamas marble statue positioned on top of the stone pedestal base, and it was through a ministerial decision dated 10th July 1852, that the statue was purchased for the sum of 12,000 French francs for the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Now this image provides a bit more of an idea as to the size of these gardens, which have become a major tourist attraction in Paris, yet are also popular with Parisians for taking a stroll, jogging, a day out with the children or discovering more about the 100 plus statues that are situated within it.
Yet here is a different view looking towards a part of the garden where the statue of Archidamas is located on the western side, which would be to the left of the Palais du Luxembourg and the formal gardens, and this photo was taken looking towards the perimeter and the Rue Guynemer.
So, as we mentioned earlier, this marble statue was produced by Philippe Joseph Henri Lemaire who was born in Valenciennes in January 1798 and studied at the academy there, while also working as a clerk in a notary to make a living, but he managed to obtain a scholarship to study in Paris and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1816.
He started presenting works at Paris Salons, and after gaining second place in 1819 he won the Prix de Rome in 1821 and started receiving several commissions, with his most famous work being the monumental facade of the Madeleine Church called the Last Judgment, and Philippe Lemaire was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1834 and appointed Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1843.
And in this last photo of the Archidamas statue you can see the impressive form that this French sculptor used in a neoclassical academic style, which is why Philippe Lemaire was commissioned for several portraits and busts of famous people, and after a long and successful career, he passed away in Paris in the August of 1880.
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