Statue de la Musique Instrumentale, Paris

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  • The south façade of the Opera Garnier, as it can be seen from the Place de l'Opéra, is a veritable open-air museum as it is laden with various sculptures (statues, sculpted groups, medallions, busts, etc.) all in connection with the various activities related to art and culture in France. Located on the right side of the south-west entrance (the one giving access to ticket offices and tours), the sculpted group dedicated to the "Instrumental Music" is the work (in 1869) of the French sculptor Eugène Guillaume, born in 1822 in Montbard on the Côte d'Or and died in 1905 in Rome, where he ran the French Academy in Rome at villa Medici. He was elevated to the dignity of Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour in 1900. He is buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery. On the left side of the same entrance, the French sculptor François Jouffroy, born in 1806 in Dijon and died in 1882 in Laval, created in 1875 the group dedicated to "Lyric Poetry". Like Eugene William in 1845, François Jouffroy won the Prix de Rome in 1832. These two sculptures are in perfect harmony with each other as well as with the other two bordering the south-eastern entrance: "The Lyric Drama" by Jean-Joseph Perraud and "La Danse" by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux although the latter has poured a lot of ink ...
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  • La La statue "instrumental music" is one of the magnificent frescoes adoring the façade of the Palais Garnier
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