Saturday, March 30, 2013

Emile Chataignier division 26 Pere-Lachaise

While details of his life are sketchy, Emile probably died during the Great War. His mother was the painter Anna Chataignier Cabibel.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dominique Catherine, Comte et Marquis de Perignon (1756-1818) division 24 Pere-Lachaise

Marshal of France and politician and supporter of Napoleon, Dominique Perignon eventually supported the restoration of the Bourbons and Louis XVIII. He also voted for the execution of Marshal Michel Ney (division 29). Bas-relief of military accouterments by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Plantar (1790-1879).

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Leon Noel (1844-1913) division 20 Pere-Lachaise

French actor and comedian. For what it's worth, "Leon" is "Noel" spelled backwards and, "Noel" is, well, you get it. Bust by Gustave Deloye.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Francois Vincent Raspail (1794-1878) division 18 Pere-Lachaise

French chemist and republican politician, Francois Raspail was imprisoned during the reign of Louis Philippe (1830-1848) and again shortly after the aborted revolution in 1848. It was while he was in prison that his wife died. Sculpture representing the spirit of his dead wife attempting to visit him in prison is by Antoine Etex, buried in division 8 Montparnasse Cemetery.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Monument aux Morts in division 4 Pere-Lachaise

Created by Paul-Albert Bartholome (1848–1928), who is buried just a few meters away, also in division 4.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Charles-Angélique Comte de La Bedoyere (1786-1815) division 16 Pere-Lachaise

A supporter of Napoleon's return from exile, Charles La Bedoyere was eventually tried for treason and executed by a firing squad in 1815 (as was another supporter, Marshal Ney, buried in division 29).

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Georges Rodenbach (1855-1898) division 15 Pere-Lachaise

A Symbolist poet, Georges Rodenbach certainly has one of the more intriguing sculptures in the cemetery. His epitaph reads:

Seigneur, donnez-moidonc cet espoir de revivre
Dans la melancolique eternite du livre

Monday, March 04, 2013

Moliere and La Fontaine in division 25 Pere-Lachaise

Ever since the bodies were removed here in 1817, this has been and still is one of the most popular stops for the flaneur seeking to connect with French history and culture at Pere-Lachaise. Indeed, this is but one of so many graves that draws people from all over the world to Pere-Lachaise. (Although there is distinct possibility that their bones don't actually reside here, but that's a story best left to the cynics.)