Discoveries & Memories of the Statues of the Tuileries

The famous Tuileries Garden are on almost everyone’s Parisian adventurers ‘bucket list’, and it is very easy to see why. The Tuileries were named after tile-yards (Tuileries) on the site, prior to a Palace was built for Catherine de Medici. The Palace was burnt down in March, 1871 by the Communards but the gardens remain, for us to enjoy – and that we are truly grateful for.The Garden includes many wonderful sculptures within its Grand Carré. Most of these were erected the 19th century and include:

  • Louis Auguste’s Lévêque’s Nymphe – 1866 and Diane Chasseresse (Diana the Huntress) – 1869, which mark the beginning of the central allée which runs east-west through the gardens.
  • Auguste Cain’s Tigre terrasant un Crocodile (Eng Tiger Overwhelming a Crocodile) – 1873 and Tigress Portant un Paon a Ses Petits (Tigress Bringing a Peacock to Its Young) – 1873, which are featured near by the two small round basins.

The large round basin within the garden is surrounded by statues on the themes of antiquity, allegory and ancient mythology. Statues in violent poses alternate with those who are serene. On the south side, starting from the east entrance of the large round basin, include:

  • Jean-Baptiste Debay, Pėre Périclès Distribuant les Couronnes aux Artistes (Pericles Giving Crowns to the Artists) – 1835
  •  Denis Foyatier, Cincinnatus,  – 1834
  • Paul Jean Baptiste Gasq, Médée, 1896
  • Jean-Baptiste Hugues, La Misère (Misery) – 1905
  • Charles Nanteuil, Alexandre Combattan (Alexander Fighting) – 1836
  • François Sicard, Le Bon Samaritain (The Good Samaritan) – 1896

On the north side, starting at the west entrance to the basin:

  • Louis Ernest Barrias, Le Serment de Spartacus, (The Oath of Spartacus) – 1869
  • Laurent Honoré Marqueste, Le Centaur Nessus enlevant Dėjanire (The Centaur Nessus Carrying off Dejanire) – 1892
  • Aimé Miller, Cassandre se met sous la Protection de Pallas – 1877
  • Étienne-Jules Ramey, Thésée Combattant le Minotaure (Theseus Fighting the Minotaur), – 1821
  • Julien Toussaint, Roux, La Comédie – 1874
  • Henri Vidal, Cain Venant de Tuer son Frére Abel (Cain Coming from Killing his Brother Abel) – 1896

The Grand Couvert contains a number of important works of 20th Century and contemporary sculptures, including those by:

    • Magdalena Abakanowicz, Manus Ultimus – 1997
    • Paul Belmondo, Apollon – ca 1933
    • Paul Belmondo, Jeanette – ca. 1933
    • Daniel Dezeuze, Confidence – 2000
    • Erik Dietman, L’Ami de Personne – 1999
    • Eugène Dodeigne,  Force et Tendresse – 1996
    • Henri Laurens, La Grande Musicienne – 1937
    • Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke Nude – 1993
    • Giuseppe Penone, Arbre des voyelles – 2000
    • Étienne Martin, Personnages III  – 1967
    • Germaine Richier, L’Échiquier, Grand  – 1959
    • Anne Rochette, Un, Deux, Tros, Nous – 2000
    • David Smith, Primo Piano II – 1962
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