HD photographs of Charles Perrault monument inside Jardin des Tuileries - Page 685
We were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Jardin des Tuileries when we took these high definition photos showing the Monument to Charles Perrault, which was sculpted by Gabriel Pech.
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This first HD photo shows the monument dedicated to Charles Perrault, which in French is spelt Monument a Charles Perrault, or Monument du Conteur Charles Perrault, which this last name in English translates to the Storyteller Charles Perrault Monument.
Now originally there was a plaster model of this particular statue, which was sculpted by Gabriel Edouard Baptiste Pech, who was born in Albi within the Midi-Pyrenees region of France in 1854 and studied to become a French sculptor under Alexandre Falguiere and Francois Jouffroy, and spent most of his life based in Paris, yet the plaster model is now held within the reserves of a museum in his home town.
The Monument du Conteur Charles Perrault was acquired by the French state in 1903 for the sum of 30,000 French France by a formal decree dated 4th November 1903, and originally this was meant to be sculpted in stone, bronze and marble, however, it was then decided that this would be sculpted purely in marble, which increased the total price to 40,000 Francs by an order dated 26th April 1906.
So this next photo shows a close up of the bust depicting Charles Perrault, who was born in Paris to a wealthy family in the January of 1628 and initially followed his fathers footsteps studying law and embarking on a career in the government, but Charles Perrault was also a well recognised writer and a member of the Academie Francaise.
Charles Perrault laid down the foundations for a new literary genre called the fairy tale, and these stories were derived from old folk tales and stories that were normally just told, yet he wrote these down in a book he named Histoires ou Contes du Temps passe, which in English translates to Tales and Stories of the Past with Morals, with one of these being Puss in Boots, which is why you can see a statue of Puss in boots on this monument.
Yet this next photo shows another part of the monumental statue group with three children, and of course, these fairy tales were designed for children, but always with morals and other stories Charles Perrault wrote out are things such as Tales of Mother Goose, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, however, many of these tales were changed and written by the Brothers Grimm approximately a century later.
Now according to sources, Charles Perrault stated that the moral of Little Red Riding Hood was: "I say Wolf, for all wolves are not of the same sort; there is one kind with an amenable disposition - neither noisy, nor hateful, nor angry, but tame, obliging and gentle, following the young maids in the streets, even into their homes. Alas! Who does not know that these gentle wolves are of all such creatures the most dangerous!" In other words children should never talk to strangers.
But these fairy tales and many others have been altered, changed and produced in books throughout the centuries since this time when the first book by Charles Perrault was published in 1697, and they have also been adapted for pantomimes, operas and more recently into Disney films, and the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty is actually very similar to the original we are talking about here.
Yet getting back to the Monument to the Storyteller Charles Perrault, this was actually completed by Gabriel Edouard Baptiste Pech in 1908 and was then presented at the French Artists Society in Paris that very same year.
However, by an order awarded on the 23rd June 1910, this became attributed to the Musee du Louvre, which is the famous tourist attraction located at the end of the Jardin des Tuileries, and it was then decided that it would be placed within these former royal gardens.
Although initially, they were thinking about replacing a lion statue by Barye with this Monumnet to Charles Perrault, however, this did not happen and it was placed in a different area of the Tuileries gardens close to the Jeu de Paume, which was originally an indoor tennis court that has since become a museum.
Then in 1986 the Monument to Charles Perrault was assigned to the Musee d'Orsay, which is another famous museum in Paris, and under the inventory number RF 1502, this marble statue group is now the responsibility of this museum.
And Le Monument du Conteur Charles Perrault is probably the most famous work of Gabriel Pech and he was awarded a first class medal for this monumental statue group, yet later in his career he also produced another monument for the Jardin des Tuileries that was dedicated to Edith Cavell, although unfortunately this was destroyed by German troops during World War II.
So in this close up photo you can see the small inscription on the pedestal below the bust, which in English reads To Charles Perrault, but according to the Musee d'Orsay there is also the name Gabriel Pech and the year 1908 inscribed onto the step of the pedestal, but we could not see this with the greenery surrounding the monument.
Yet this close up HD photograph shows the plaque located on the ground next to the Storyteller Charles Perrault Monument, and as you can see it provides the full name of this French sculptor, Gabriel Edouard Baptiste Pech along with the place of birth and death with the year, and as you can see he passed away in 1930 in Saint-Loup-Cammas, which is a town located close to Toulouse in the south of France.
Now we mentioned earlier that this monumental statue group was located close to the Jeu de Paume, however, in 1998 this marble monument was relocated to another part of the Jardin des Tuileries called the Quinconces des marroniers, which is in an area covered with trees close to the Grande Allee and the Alle de Castiglione.
And this last photo shows the entire monumental statue group with the impressive statue of Puss in Boots, which in fact Charles Perrault based upon the Marquis of the Chateau d'Oiron as the model for the Marquis de Carabas in this famous fairy tale, and this is an unusual element that Garbiel Pech decided to portray in this sculpture.
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