Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, August 17, 2018

Landowski's ParisTribute to the French Army of 1914–1918

Paul Maximilien Landowski (1 June 1875–31 March 1961) was a French monument sculptor of Polish descent. His best-known work is Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He produced over 35 monuments in the city of Paris and 12 more in the surrounding area. His most famous First World War memorial is Les Fantomes, the French memorial to the Second Battle of the Marne which stands upon the Butte de Chalmont in Northern France.

However, in Paris in the Trocadéro there is an equally prestigious sculpture that most tourists to the area usually fail to notice. It is his tribute to the Gloire of the French Army national monument shown here.

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1 comment:

  1. Powerful.
    Interesting to see the way it tends towards the viewer's right.