Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Victor Noir (1848-1870) division 92 Pere-Lachaise

Born Yvan Salmon, journalist Victor Noir was assassinated by Prince Pierre Bonaparte, grand-nephew of Napoleon I and cousin of Napoleon III. Bonaparte was acquitted. Originally buried in Neuilly, his body was removed to Pere Lachaise. Effigy in bronze by Jules Dalou (1838-1902).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Landau division 92 Pere-Lachaise

Forever forlorn and seemingly all alone in world of stone.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Khadra division 92 Pere-Lachaise

Is this Isabelle Heneine Khadra who reportedly died in 1913 at the age of 21?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Louis Auguste Blanqui (1805-1881) division 91 Pere-Lachaise

French socialist political activist and political theorist. Sculpture by Jules Dalou (1838-1902).

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) division 89 Pere-Lachaise

Sculpture by Jacob Epstein, lipstick by his admirers (these photos was taken before the barrier screen went up).

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Harriet Toby (1929-1952) division 88 Pere-Lachaise

Born Harriet Joan Katzman, Toby was an American ballerina. How much of her life did she spend on her toes? Harriet was 23 when she died in a plane crash alongside actresses Michèle Verly and Alice Topart.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Columbarium division 87 Pere-Lachaise

While you will find little of the typical sculpture in the Columbarium (division 87), located in a u-shape around the crematorium, there are some strikingly unique niche covers. Here are four of my favorites: Nos. 2116 and 2105 :

At nos. 6925 and 6913, so close and yet so far. . . the mystery lingers/ at the tips of their fingers. . .

Another puzzle, this one at no. 219. Who is buried here? work your way through the maze and let us know!

Alain Rey.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Memorial to the Czechs who died fighting for France division 82 Pere-Lachaise

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