HD photographs of Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres by A Maillol in Jardin du Carrousel - Page 501

We were back in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris within the Jardin du Carrousel of the Musee du Louvre, when we took these high definition photos showing Le Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres sculpted by Aristide Maillol.

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Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres by Aristide Maillol
This first HD photo shows a statue that was produced by Aristide Joseph Bonaventure Maillol, and this is called Le Monument aux Morts de Port-Vendres, which in English generally translates as The Monument to the Dead of Port Vendres.
Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres at the Louvre
Here you can see the female figure with a sombre face designed to reflect the tragedy that had occurred and holding a palm frond in her right hand, this was originally a commission Maillol received for the town of Port-Vendres in the south of France, after the numerous deaths, especially of young soldiers during World War I.
Le Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres back view
However, the original Marquette, which is a term used for a small scale model usually constructed by the artist prior to producing the main sculpture, was initially rejected by the mayor as his wife felt it was too sensuous being a nude female figure, and hence why it became elegantly draped.
Jardin du Carrousel Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres
Now according to Aristide Maillol, he thought of the female figure representing Venus the Goddess of Love and also the Goddess of Victory, and was designed to be holding a palm frond as an offering to the deceased soldiers, and a palm branch or frond is used as a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life.
Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres plaque
Yet this next close up HD photo shows the plaque located on the base of the statue of the Monument au Morts de Port Vendres in Paris, yet the original that Aristide Maillol sculpted was part of a large monument for the town and was made of stone, which was inaugurated prior to this one within the Jardin du Carrousel being cast in lead in 1923.
Inscription on Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres
Sometimes you will actually find that the statues and sculptures produced by Maillol have a monogram on them, but as you can see from this close up image, the base of the Monument to the Dead of Port Vendres has his actual name subscribed into it, which is located on the left hand side just underneath the figures leg and foot.
Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres female figure
Unfortunately, there seems to be no reference to who the artist based the female figure on, even though some sources state that this monumental sculpture was based upon Dina Vierny, who was the model and muse of Aristide Maillol for the last ten years of his life, yet this cannot be the case, as she was only born in 1919 shortly before the original statue was produced, and he died in 1944!
Monument aux Morts de Port Vendres side view
And in this last photograph, you can see the lead statue in all its glory within the Jardin du Carrousel, which was put in place in 1964 after this was donated by Dina Vierny, and it can be seen alongside other Maillol statues against an impressive backdrop of the famous tourist attraction in Paris, called the Musee du Louvre.

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