Saturday, April 28, 2012

Division 84 - Memorial to the Czechs who died fighting for France

Part of a unique collection of large sculptures in divisions 84 and 88, all located along Avenue des Etrangers Morts Pour la France, and includes memorials to Greeks, Armenians, Russian, Poles, Italians, and Belgians who died fighting for France (mort pour la France).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Division 77 - Memorial to the Deportees to Auschwitz III

Just one of more than a dozen incredibly powerful, striking and dramatic sculptures in divisions 77 and 96 memorializing those, mostly Jews, deported to the various Nazi death camps during the Second World War, most of whom never returned. Powerful, gripping and should be at the top of every traveler's must-see list in the cemetery.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Division 71 - Croce-Spinelli and Sivel

Joseph Croce-Spinelli (1843-1875) and Theodore Henri Sivel (1834-1875) died of asphyxiation when their balloon ascended too high. A third man, Gaston Tissandier (1843-1899), survived and is buried in division 27. Sculpture by Alphonse Dumilatre (1844-1923).

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Division 70 - Pierre Dorian (1814-1873)

Sculpture by Aime Millet (1819-1891), buried in Montmartre Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Division 66 - Anatole de LaForge (1821-1892)

Politician. Bronze sculpture by Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841-1905, buried in Passy Cemetery); designed by Gerharht, and part of a unique collection of sculptures at the tip of division 66:

Friday, April 13, 2012

Division 55 - Antoine Gaétan Guerinot (1830-1891)

Architect. Sculpture by Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841-1905), buried in Passy Cemetery:

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Division 53 - Reifenberg

One of the more striking, unqiue and puzzling sculptures in Pere-Lachaise. Appearing to be half-finished it has always struck me as the woman is coming out of (or disappearing into?) the stone. Either way, I find it most engaging -- and continue to wonder just who this most curious "Riefenberg" was. . .

Monday, April 9, 2012

Division 50 - Victor Schoelcher (1804-1893) and Marc Schoelcher (1766-1832)

Abolitionist and politician Victor Schoelcher (1804-1893) and his father Marc (1766-1832) were both transferred to the Pantheon. Sculptures by Emmanuel Haunaux (1855-1934) and Alexis-Hippolyte-Fromanger (1805-1892).