HD photographs of Nymphes de la Seine statue group on the Pont Alexandre III - Page 561



We took these high definition photos showing the west side keystone sculpture on the Pont Alexandre III, which is called the Nymphes de la Seine that was sculpted by Georges Recipon.

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Nymphes de la Seine statue by Georges Recipon
This first HD photo shows the western side ornate keystone on the Pont Alexandre III bridge, which was constructed for the 1900 World Fair in Paris to make easier access between Les Invalides in the 7th Arrondissement and the two new buildings called the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris.
Nymphes de la Seine statue Pont Alexandre III
Now this bridge over the River Seine was named after the Tsar of Russia, Alexander III, who concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance in 1892, and is recognised as the most extravagant and ornate bridge, that was classified as an historical monument in 1975 and has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Paris.
Back LHS Nymphe Pont Alexandre III
So this next image shows a close up of one of the nymphs, spelt nymphes in French, and this is positioned in the centre of the Pont Alexandre III, with another on the opposite side, and this is an allegory representing France, whereas the other represents Russia.
Back RHS Nymphe Pont Alexandre III
You will find that this particular keystone is called the Nymphes de la Seine, which in English translates to the Nymphs of the Seine, and made of beaten copper, as you can see here, it is located on the outside edge of the bridge and faces downstream of the River Seine.
Back view Nymphes de la Seine statue group
Yet this next high definition photo was taken while we were standing on the Pont Alexandre III showing the back of the Nymphes of the Seine keystone sculpture looking downstream with the Eiffel Tower in the distance, and behind us would be the other keystone called the Nymphs of Neva.
Glass bulrushes Nymphes de la Seine statue group
But this image shows a close up of just two of the glass tops on the Nymphes de la Seine sculpture, which are designed to represent plants like bulrushes you would find along a river bank, and this entire statue composition was produced by Georges Recipon.
France coat of arms Nymphes de la Seine statue
And as we mentioned earlier, the sculpture you can see here is an allegory representing France, and located in between the two nymphs you can see the gilded coat of arms of France, sometimes referred to as the coat of arms of Paris, whereas the other keystone has the coat of arms for Russia.
Front LHS Nymphe on statue group
We also mentioned earlier that the Nymphes de la Seine was produced by Georges Receipon, who was born in Paris in 1860 and entered the Ecole des Beaux Arts, becoming a painter of portraits and landscapes, however, he also excelled at sculpture, which is what he became most recognised for.
Front RHS Nymphe on statue group
So in this last photograph showing just one of the nymphs you can see the detailing that went into this composition by Georges Recipon, however, the Nymphs of the Seine are not his most famous works, as it is the two quadrigas found on the Grand Palais that are even more impressive, and were also executed by this incredible artist for the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris.

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