|Fontaine des Quatre-Parties du Monde: Place Camille-Jullian Paris - Chevaux marins - Emmanuel Frémiet: 1875|
Looking over photos the other day I realised that I had quite a few devoted to horses... My photos of the 'real thing' aren't as good as those of a little person that I know. Anyway, I seem to have concentrated more on statues, so here are a few of my favourites. These are usually the more exuberant, exagerated variety but there are a few sober ones too.
The above is of a group of marine horses which I love for their billowing manes and flaying hooves but these same characteristics feature in a number of statues... As do curling, contorted lips that make the beasts in question look as if they're deep in conversation.
|Chantilly - Ecurie|
Or are just plain poetic, with dazed expressions bordering on the smoochy, or love-sick!
|Façade - Reims|
|Versailles - Fountain of Apollo - J-B Tuby - 1669|
|Immortalité devant le Temps: Grand Palais - Paris - Georges Récipon 1900|
|Grand Palais Paris - Harmony triumphing over Discord - Georges Récipon - 1900|
|Louvre - Mercury - Coyseovx|
|Cheval de Marly - Coysevox|
|Notre Dame - Paris|
|La Joie de Vivre: Jardins du Trocadéro - Paris - L.E Drivier 1937|
|Chevaux et Chien : Jardin du Trocadéro - Paris - G.Guyot 1937|
|La Renommée des Arts: Pont Alexandre III - Paris - E. Frémiet 1997|
|La Renommée des Sciences: Pont Alexandre III - Paris - E. Frémiet 1997|
As they follow with a certain reluctance...
|La Renommée au Combat: Pont Alexandre III - Paris - Pierre Granet 1900|
|La Renommée de la Guerre: Pont Alexandre III - Paris - L Steiner 1900|
|Guerrier romain: Pont d'Iéna - Paris - L-J Daumas 1849|
|Greek horseman - Pont d'Iéna - Paris - F. Devault 1849|
|Le Cavalier Arabe - Pont d'Iéna - Paris - -J-J Feuchère c. 1851|
|Guerrier Gaulois: Pont d'Iéna -Paris - A.A Préault 1849|
|L'Inspiration guidée par la Sagesse: Palais de la Découverte - Paris - A.Falguière 1900|
|La Science en marche en dépit de l'Ignorance: Palais de la Découverte - V.Peter - Paris - 1900|
|Charlemagne: Cathédral de Notre Dame - Paris - Louis and Charles Rochet 1882?|
|Clermont-Ferrand - Vercingetorix - Bartholdi - 1903|
|Louvre - Louis XIV - Bernini - 1687|
|Place des Pyramides/Rue de Rivoli Paris - Jeanne d'Arc - Emmanuel Frémiet|
|Reims cathedral - Jeanne d'Arc - Paul Dubois - 1996|
|Hôtel de Ville - Paris - Etienne Marcel - Antonin Idrac - mid 19th century|
And a noble stance that is reflected in elsewhere...even if some were to meet virtual destruction, as was the case for the statue below, during the Revolution years...
|Pont Neuf Paris - Henri IV - Pietro Tacca - 1618|
Others try to create an air of nobility and sobriety, but seem to have been off-target. For all the grandeur of the edifice, I think that the jaunty horses below look peculiar, even if they were based on those of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice...
|Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel - Paris - under Napoleon Bonaparte - 1809|
Other horses are used in reference to heroic figures from distant lands...
|Washington: Place d'Iéna - Paris 16e - Daniel Chester French 1900|
Noble steads from the Americas cross the Parisian parks...
|Lafayette: Cours La Reine - Paris - P.W Bartlett 1900|
Yet their eyes seem fixed on far-away horizons...
|Simon Bolivar - Place du Canada - Paris - E. Frémiet 1930|
Other horses pay tribute to men closer to home, with battles played out on European soil, but taking on global proportions during the First World War...
|Général Foch: Trocadéro -Paris - R.Wlérick and R.Martin 1936|
Swords are no longer brandished, but the mood seems darker and deadly than ever...
|Maréchal Joffre: Ecole Militaire - Paris - Maxime Real del Sarte 1939|
|Albert 1er Roi des Belges: Cours La Reine - Paris - A.Martial 1936|
In view of the widespread loss of man and beast during the war years, the statue that best captures the battle-fatigue at the end of this period is perhaps the following...
|Russian Expedition Corps: Place du Canada - Paris 8e - Vladimir Sourovtsev 2010|
Sometimes the discomfort and fear are just too visible....
|Cheval à la Herse - Quai d'Orsay - Paris - P.L Rouillard 1878|
Finally an equestrian figure looking duly aghast - and who could blame it - like many to be found above traditional butcher's shops specializing in horse meat...
|Paris - Boucherie Chevaline|
|Horse bust - Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum - UK|
However I do miss the panache of the French models...