La Place des Victoire During and After Revolution


place des victoiresThis equestrian statue to Louis XIV was erected in 1822 to replace the one that was torn  down by the Revolution in 1792; but in the course of thirty turbulent years — from 1792 till 1822, five different sculptures replaced each other to decorate the square. The most famous of the five was to General Dessaix; and so popular was that Neo-classical nude, that a fence had to be built to protect it. After the Restoration of the French Monarchy, Louis XVIII recycled the general: The bronze celebrating the Napoleon’s right-hand man was used to cast the equestrian Henry IV — you can see him on le Pont Neuf; the fence is the only vestige of Dessaix still remaining at la Place des Victoires.

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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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