HD photographs of L'Art Grec statue at the Grand Palais - Page 591
Again while in the 8th Arrondissement of Paris at the Grand Palais, we took these high definition photos showing the statue called L'Art Grec, which was sculpted by Michel Beguine.
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This first HD photo shows the statue called L'Art Grec, which in English translates to The Greek Art or The Art of Greece, and this was one of the statues that were commissioned to represent art from around the world and the history of art.
So this next image shows a different angle of the l'Art Grec statue, and this was produced for the Grand Palais and inaugurated in 1900 at the World Fair in Paris, which was when two other popular tourist attractions called the Pont Alexandre III and the Petit Palais located opposite were also inaugurated.
Now here you can see the statue positioned in between the pillars on what is known as a colonnade, which is a part of a building that supports a roof or entablature, and this is the colonnade to the left of the main entrance to the Grand Palais on its eastern facade.
So, The Art of Greece or Greek Art was just one of the many ornate features that were commissioned for the Grand Palais, and incredibly, there were over fifty artists who worked on the sculptures, statues, mosaics and other decorative art works.
And this particular statue was produced by Michel Leonard Beguine who was born in 1855 in Uxeau within the Burgundy region of France, however, he went to Paris to study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, and was a pupil of Aime Millet and Auguste Dumont.
Michel Beguine started presenting works at the Paris Salons for French artists and received medals for some of his works, with several being purchased by the state and the City of Paris, and as well as this decorative stone statue, other works by Michel Beguine can also be found in the city.
But not only did Michel Beguine produce allegorical statues, he produced busts of famous people along with monuments, and some of these were specifically commissioned for tourist attractions in Paris such as the Musee Galliera and the Musee Carnavalet, and he was also awarded the Legion of Honour in 1904.
Yet this last HD photo shows where L'Art Grec statue is positioned high up on the colonnade facade, and as you can tell there is a path that runs along the east side of the Grand Palais, which means you can get closer to this and the other allegorical statues, than some you will come across on other buildings.
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