HD photographs of Nereide statue on the Pont Alexandre III - Page 569

While we were at the Pont Alexandre III, we took these high definition photos showing one of the ornamental sculptures located on it, which is a Water Spirit statue called Nereide that was sculpted by Andre Massoule.

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Water Spirit statue Nereide by Andre Massoule
This first HD photo shows the bronze Nereide statue, and this is spelt Nereid in English, and comes from a term used in Greek mythology to represent water spirits or sea nymphs, who were meant to be friendly and even help sailors, and this is one of the two sculptures produced by Andre Massoule.
Water Spirit statue Nereide Pont Alexandre III
So this next image shows its location on the parapet of the Pont Alexandre III, which is referred to as the most ornate bridge in Paris, that has been classified as an historical monument, originally constructed for the 1900 World Fair and named after the Tsar of Russia who concluded the Franco-Russian Alliance.

And to give you an idea as to its exact location, this is on the left bank of the River Seine on the downstream side of the bridge in the 7th Arrondissement, next to the South West pillar that has a gilded Pegasus statue on top.
Boat rudder on Water Spirit statue Nereide
But this next close up high definition photograph shows an ornate boat steering rudder that is held by the Nereid child water spirit or sea nymph, and this particular statue was inaugurated at the same time as bridge in the April of 1900 and is opposite the other statue by the same artist.
Pont Alexandre III statue Nereide
Yet as we mentioned earlier, this was produced in bronze by Andre Massoule, who was born in 1851 and studied under Jules Cavelier becoming a French sculptor, engraver and medallist, exhibiting at Paris Salons between 1878 and 1899.

However, this Neride statue and the one on the opposite side of the Pont Alexandre III were some of his last works, as unfortunately he passed away in Paris in the June of 1901 at the young age of only 49, and not many of his works remain, although a statue of Madame de Sevigne had several copies produced for different places in France.

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