Statues of the Place de la Concorde
The two fountains in the Place de la Concorde have been the most famous of the fountains built during the time of Louis-Philippe, and came to symbolize the fountains in Paris. They were designed by Jacques-Ignace Hittorff, a student of the Neoclassical designer Charles Percier at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The German-born Hittorff had served as the official Architect of Festivals and Ceremonies for the deposed King, and had spent two years studying the architecture and fountains of Italy.
Hittorff's two fountains were on the theme of rivers and seas, in part because of their proximity to the Ministry of Navy on the Place de la Concorde, and to the Seine. Their arrangement, on a north-south axis aligned with the obelisk of Luxor, and the Rue Royale, and the form of the fountains themselves, were influenced by the fountains of Rome, particularly Piazza Navona and the Piazza San Pietro, both of which had obelisks aligned with fountains.
Both fountains had the same form: a stone basin; six figures of tritons or naiads holding fish spouting water; six seated allegorical figures, their feet on the prows of ships, supporting the pedestal, of the circular vasque; four statues of different forms of genius in arts or crafts supporting the upper inverted upper vasque; whose water shot up and then cascaded down to the lower vasque and then the basin.
The north fountain was devoted to the Rivers, with allegorical figures representing the Rhone and the Rhine, the arts of the harvesting of flowers and fruits, harvesting and grape growing; and the geniuses of river navigation, industry, and agriculture.
The south fountain, closer to the Seine, represented the seas, with figures representing the Atlantic and the Mediterranean; harvesting coral; harvesting fish; collecting shellfish; collecting pearls; and the geniuses of astronomy, navigation and commerce.
Place de la Concorde
At 8 hectares (20 acres), the octagonal Place de la Concorde is the largest square in Paris. It is situated between the Tuileries and the Champs-Elysées.
In 1763, a large statue of king Louis XV was erected at the site to celebrate the recovery of the king after a serious illness. The square surrounding the statue was created later, in 1772, by the architect Jacques-Ange Gabriel. It was known as the place Louis XV.
Statues & Fountains
At each corner of the octagonal square is a statue representing a French city: Bordeaux, Brest, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Rouen and Strasbourg. They were installed in 1836 by Jacob Ignaz Hittorf, who redesigned the Place de la Concorde between 1833 and 1846. That same year a bronze fountain, called 'La fontaine des Mers' was added to the square. A second one, the 'Elevation of the Maritime' fountain, was installed in 1839. Both fountains were designed by Hittorf.
In the 19th century the 3200 years old obelisk from the temple of Ramses II at Thebes was installed at the center of the Place de la Concorde. It is a 23 meters (75 ft) tall monolith in pink granite and weighs approximately 230 tons. In 1831, it was offered by the Viceroy of Egypt to Louis Philippe. Three obelisks were offered by the Viceroy, but only one was transported to Paris. The obelisk is covered with hieroglyphs picturing the reign of pharaohs Ramses II & Ramses III. Pictures on the pedestal describe the transportation to Paris and its installation at the square in 1836. (Source: aviewoncities & wikipedia)
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Guenther (10893) 2012-09-03 1:51
a pleasent close-up shot! I like the details partially covered by the water courtain, nice effect!
Have a nice day
daddo (18517) 2012-09-03 2:12
Zdravo George. Powerful figures, serious stares, yet the whole thing is softened by the lines of falling water. I like the colour combinations and the harmony with the background. Intriguing details. Regards. Klaudio.
snunney (67334) 2012-09-03 2:43
A splendid close-up on these splendid fountains. The tight framing is well chosen and the detail is superb. Thanks for sharing and have a good week.
carlo62 (12582) 2012-09-03 2:44
mi piace molto il taglio della foto, evidenzia i soggetti ed i colori. Sembrano un pò contraddetti dalla pioggia :)
timecapturer (30324) 2012-09-03 2:57
a striking shot this, the water being so effective and perfectly captured. A creative and powerfully executed image of great quality and appeal. Well done!
Have a good week - regards Brian.
JFS (32129) 2012-09-03 3:59
GREAT DETAILS OF THIS MAJESTIC FOUNTAIN AND AMAZING SQUARE. CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR FABOLOUR PARIS SERIES!!!!
Sergiom (39223) 2012-09-03 4:34
Ces belles statues situées dans la fontaine ne donnent pas l'impression par les expressions d'aimer la douche permanente qu'offre la fontaine. L'image est par contre très jolie.
annjackman (13195) 2012-09-03 6:31
The beautiful statues drenched in flowing water make a super composition. The green and gold really stand out against the grey. The tight framing is excellent.
Kind Regards, Ann
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-09-03 8:25
A lovely composition of these beautiful statues soaked with falling water. The colors are fantastic. Lovely atmosphere.
Royaldevon (17791) 2012-09-03 8:27
Ha, ha, George, this fountain could represent me and my husband and friends avoiding the torrential rain, which we have suffered off and on for the entire summer.
I think it was a good idea to crop the entirity of the fountain and concentrate on a close-up section. It is, as always, very well composed whilst the details are sharp and the colours, most unexpected.
My warm regards,
Sonata11 (28331) 2012-09-03 9:24
fantastic close up. Impressive part of this fountain wonderfully executed with magnificent POV. I really love it. Awesome shot. Great job.
All the best,
cornejo (18054) 2012-09-03 11:48
Hello György, very nice and interesting picture of these lovely figures wonderful source, very well composed and framed, with good quality. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Highmountains (1834) 2012-09-03 12:10
The exposure and the composition makes this photograph an extremely beautiful one. The water from the fountain gives an almost surreal effect to the statues. The golden colour of the head-dress and armoury and the green shroud around their groins impress the effect of the romanesque ... The colours are deep and there is high saturation.
Thanks for exceptional photography here.
bukitgolfb301 (30065) 2012-09-03 15:40
Hi dear George
Yes this is also fantastic shot. The best idea to insert the splash form a foutain! Your keen sense and inspiration should be highly appreciated. Best of best shot! Framework is also perfect. Thanks for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from rainy Tokyo
siamesa (27449) 2012-09-03 16:30
Boa noite George
Spectacular close up. Colors, point of view and sharpness are superbs.
jjcordier (62328) 2012-09-03 22:44
Bon cadrage serré sur les statues (mouillées) de la fontaine de la Concorde. Les jets d'eau créent un bel effet.
ayferaldanmaz (946) 2012-09-04 0:16
fantastic close up. superb pov with extremely fine light management! falling water droplets are pretty impressive.. my compliments and thank you!
have a lovely week,
dkmurphys (36801) 2012-09-04 2:28
Very fine detail of the old fountain. I like the colors and the spotted dynamic. Well taken, have a nice day.
Bluejeans (64231) 2012-09-04 5:07
Ola George ,
Linda composição nesta fonte com estas estátuas , muito bonito o detalhe da agua a cair parece que está a chover , gostei muito dos detalhes em dourado e verde , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
saxo042 (31800) 2012-09-04 7:55
The streaming water creates aspecial effect here and enhances the details of these fien statues. Good colours and sharpness. A very good note.
abmdsudi (26233) 2012-09-04 9:14
A very fine statues and thought provoking image so well cropped and the way you've used shallow dof to isolate them against the background and closeness is worth with more features and less background. Great colors and tremendous crisp detailed, bright and superb contrast making this a very fine image. The overall effect is very pleasing to the eye with those flowing water fountain that really appealed to me, Congrats, TFS
npecanhuk (53901) 2012-09-05 18:23
I love those parisian fountains!!!!
Focusing on some of their details was an excellent idea and the visual results are very beautiful!
TFS - congrats,
smash2707 (3216) 2012-10-11 18:07
I can't seem to get enough of your Parisian pictures. I love this crop. Love the water falling, the colors, the light, everything
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-21
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-03 1:31