Statue de Berlioz, Paris

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  • In the 9th arrondissement, in the Montholon square, you will discover the statue of Hector Berlioz. Inaugurated in 1886, a first bronze statue honouring him, was melted during the second world war. It was replaced by the creation in 1948 of the present stone statue. This work is due to the Parisian sculptor Georges Saupique, who died in his hometown in 1961. A nice tribute and a beautiful representation. You can come by Metro, lines 2, 13, station "place de Clichy" or line 2, station "Blanche".
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  • This statue of the French composer Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) is located in the square which bears his name, place Adolphe Max, near the place Clichy, in the 9th arrondissement. The story of this statue, is incredible and proves that Parisians know how to invent absolutely tasty situations. Initially in 1850, the city of Paris, by the sculptor Roland Mathieu Meunier, made a majestic marble statue of Napoleon I, in Prometheus. That is to say entirely naked, with only a vine leaf on the well-known parts of Greek art lovers! One wonders how, at this time always Puritan, this "thing" could be done?. But hey, let's go. At the sight of this "thing", the inhabitants of the neighborhood were quick to react and have daubed with paint the statue representing Napoleon in uniform!! It must be remembered for the little story that, the Greek Titan Prometheus, had given fire to the men and had attracted the wrath of the King of the gods, Zeus. Napoleon I, as for him, had been relentless in giving the destructive fire all over Europe, which of course was not the useful work of the Prometheus, of which he had taken a time of appearance! The sculptor, outraged by this diversion of his work, then asks to destroy it! What was done... In 1886, we place in this square, a bronze statue, by Hector Berlioz, work of Alfred Lenoir (1850-1920), which proves to be consensual. Then in 1941, the Germans occupying Paris, razzia bronze statues, to make their destructive cannons. But, as the Parisian is tenacious, in 1948, now the master of our home, the city is made by Georges Saupique (1889-1961), the stone statue of Hector Berlioz, which we see today. This small square is charming, in a peaceful environment, despite the presence near the pleasures district of Pigalle. The sculptor gave a picture of Berlioz inspired enough, standing the air altier, in habit of the time, covered with a mantle and the hair abundant and curly. Time and pollution are gradually due to the stone and this statue is a little patinoed and damaged; But the spirit of Berlioz is always present, he who had imagined in particular, his "fantastic Symphony", as an outstanding Orchestrator! This square is accessible by the Metro station "place Clichy", lines n ° 2 and 13. Then you have to go up the Boulevard de Clichy and take the rue de Douai on the right. You can also use the Metro station "Blanche" line no. 2 and, in the square, take the street from Brussels to the South.
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