HD photographs of Palais de Chaillot golden statue Le Jardinier - Page 738

While we were at the Palais de Chaillot in the 16th Arrondissement of Paris we took these high definition photos showing the statue called Le Jardinier, which was sculpted by Robert Couturier.

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Le Jardinier statue by artist Robert Couturier
This first HD photo shows the golden statue called Le Jardinier, which in English translates to The Gardener, however it is sometimes referred to as Le Jardins or The Gardens.
Palais Chaillot statue Le Jardinier
There are actually eight golden statues positioned in the square between the two wings of the Palais de Chaillot, which is called the Parvis des Droits de l'Homme, even though it was originally known as the Esplanade du Trocadero, but this statue is the only one featuring a male figure.
Le Jardinier statue on stone pedestal
Le Jardinier was commissioned for the new Palais Chaillot and produced in bronze, yet covered in a golden colour and just like the other seven, this was put in place on a stone pedestal in 1937 ready for the Universal Exhibition in Paris that same year.
Golden statue Le Jardinier with Eiffel Tower
So here you can see that The Gardener is located by the right hand side of the Palais de Chaillot as you are standing in the elevated position looking towards the famous landmark of the Eiffel Tower, and with a wall running along the edge of the parvis, it stops people getting too close to the statues.
RHS of Le Jardinier statue with watering can
Le Jardinier is actually an allegorical statue depicting a young man, or boy, holding a watering can, just like any gardener would do, and each of the eight golden statues were executed by a different artist, with four positioned on either side opposite each other.
LHS of Le Jardinier statue
Now this golden statue was produced by Robert Couturier who was born in 1905 and initially trained in lithography, but after being introduced to different sculptors and even working with Aristide Maillol, he became a renowned French sculptor.
Front of Le Jardinier statue
Robert Couturier had a very long and prolific career right through from the 1920s, and in fact, for the first time ever, a French artist was able to celebrate his 100th birthday at an exhibition dedicated to him, which was shown at the Musee Maillol in Paris in 2005.
Palais Chaillot golden statue The Gardener
Yet Le Jardinier at the Palais de Chaillot was actually the very first official public commission Robert Couturier received, which was for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Paris in 1937, also known by a more common term of a Universal Exhibition or World Fair.
Sculptor Robert Couturier statue Le Jardinier
So with such a prolific career gaining international recognition, many of his works are found in museums throughout the world including Paris, Antwerp, Boston, Jerusalem, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, etc and Robert Couturier only passed away in 2008 at the age of 103.
Bronze Le Jardinier statue Palais Chaillot
But here you can see another photo of The Gardener statue, and as you can tell, some of the golden colour, or gilding, has gone and even though the statues are not easy to reach due to where they are positioned, someone has also defaced it with black marker pen, which is such a shame for this fabulous location that is visited by millions of tourists each year.

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