Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Relief Sculpture: Jeunesse - Paris, France

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Jeunesse Block Sculpture
Paris, France
Topic: Relief Sculptures

N 48° 51.663 E 002° 17.442

Quick Description: 

The marble high relief block sculpture "Jeunesse" (Youth) is located on the south east part of the Trocadero Gardens in front of the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

Long Description:

The decorative high relief group sculpture entitled "Jeunesse" (Youth) was created by Pierre-Marie Poisson and installed at the Trocadero Gardens in 1937. It is the companion piece to the "La Joie de Vivre" by Léon-Ernest Drivier on the opposite side of the Trocadero fountain pool.

A large rectangular marble block about 8' long by 3' wide by 6' high is carved with 11 nude human and two animal figures, covering on all four sides. Animals include a ram and a dog. A man appears on each long side, a child and six women round out the composition. All are young and appear to be in vibrant health. The figures are engaged in a variety of everyday activities including exercising, tending animals, harvesting fruit, transporting baskets, tending to a child.

Pierre-Marie Poisson was born in the French town of Niort in 1876 and died in Paris in 1953.

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