HD photographs of La Nuit statue in Jardin des Grands Explorateurs - Page 455



We were walking along the Jardin des Grands Explorateurs, which is an extension of the Jardin du Luxembourg along the Avenue de l'Observatoire, when we took these high definition photos showing the statue called La Nuit, sculpted by Charles Gumery.

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Statue La Nuit by Charles Gumery
This first HD photo shows an allegorical statue called La Nuit, which in English translates to The Night, and this is one of four statues that were sculpted to depict different times of the day, and all were executed by different artists.
La Nuit statue on pedestal within 6th arrondissement
Now there are actually two separate gardens located within the Jardin des Grands Explorateurs, which translates in English translates to Garden of the Great Explorers, and the statue you can see in this image is located within the Jardin Robert Cavelier de la Sale, dedicated to the explorer of the same name from the 1600s.
La Nuit statue at Jardin des Grands Explorateurs
La Nuit is actually made of stone and was sculpted by Charles Alphonse Achille Gumery and this commission was started back in the late 1860s after the new gardens were laid out, however, it was actually completed by Jules Thomas after the original artists death.
Back of La Nuit statue at Paris
Now this next high definition photo shows the back of the stone statue depicting night, and as you can see, there is a dog, which looks like it is standing guard over the man and woman, yet in the background you can see the gilded topped railings, which have an entrance leading you into the main Luxembourg Gardens.
La Nuit statue at Jardin Robert Cavelier de la Sale
And again this is a close up showing the back of the statue of La Nuit, which was initially designed and started being sculpted by Charles Alphonse Achille Gumery, who was born in Paris on 14th June 1827 and becoming a French sculptor he won the Prix de Rome in 1850, and was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1867.

Yet, Charles Alphonse Gumery died in the January of 1871 under obscure circumstances during the Paris Commune and the Siege of Paris, which was when many people starved, even though he had already been through the Franco-Prussion War, which is why the statue of The Night was completed by Gabriel Jules Thomas.
Jardin des Grands Explorateurs and La Nuit
So hence this statue group you can see in this last photograph was, as we previously stated, finished by Gabriel Jules Thomas, who was born in Paris on 10th March 1824 and also became a French sculptor attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts, plus he also won the Prix de Rome, and later in his career even taught at the school, eventually passing away in 1905.

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