HD photographs of Les Amours Candelabra on the Pont Alexandre III South West corner - Page 577

We were again at the Pont Alexandre III when we took these high definition photos showing one of the four candelabras with the statues called Les Amours, which were sculpted in bronze by the artist Henri Desire Gauquie.

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SW Les Amours Candelabra by Henri Gauquie
The Pont Alexandre III is recognised as the most ornate bridge in Paris, and this first HD photo shows one of the four candelabras that are located on it, which are surrounded by statues of children called Les Amours, and in English this translates to The Loves.
Pont Alexandre III SW bronze candelabra
However, sometimes these do get referred to as cupids with sea monsters, yet these were designed in bronze to be children with garlands and fish, which surround the street lamps designed in the style of a candelabra that were produced in 1899, and inaugurated the following year when the Pont Alexandre III was first opened for the World Fair in Paris.
Child statue on SW Les Amours Candelabra
You will find that many different artists were commissioned to produce statues and sculptures for this popular tourist attraction in Paris, and in this close up photograph you can see one of The Loves that was sculpted by Henri Desire Gauquie.
Lamp post candelabra Pont Alexandre III SW corner
Now the Pont Alexandre III goes over the River Seine from the 7th Arrondissement, which is where we were when we took these photos, and it travels to the right bank in the 8th Arrondissement to the Grand Palais, which is building with the glass roof you can see in the background.
Gauquie inscription on SW candelabra
So this next photo shows a close up of some of the fish that are located on the base of the ornamental candelabra sculpture, and you can also see where this French sculptor has inscribed his surname Gauquie into the bronze just below the fish.
Bronze fish on SW Les Amours Candelabra
And in this close up showing another fish you can see the detailing that went into producing these sculptures and statues known as Les Amours for the candelabras, which was by Henri Desire Gauquie, who was born in 1858 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris to become a French sculptor, with works of his now found in many places throughout France.
Pont Alexandre III SW candelabra children and fish
But not only did Henri Desire Gauquie sculpt The Loves or the children with garlands, he also sculpted the candelabras that they surround, yet it is some of his monuments that are more well known, such as the Monument to Watteau that can be found within another famous tourist attraction in the Luxembourg Gardens.
SW lamp post Pont Alexandre III Paris
Yet this last image give you a bit more an idea as to the location of Les Amours, which is on the left bank of the River Seine on the downstream side in the 7th Arrondissement and this is the south westerly ornate candelabra located close to one of the columns that is also adorned with statues.

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