Once in the 18th century, a famous politician, revolutionary and reformer lived on one of the streets of Paris. Today at this place there is a monument to this great Frenchman - Georges-Jean Danton (Statue de Danton).
A sculpture of Georges-Jean stands in the Place Saint-Germain. In this place in the 18th century was his house, from which the revolutionary was taken and taken to execution in 1794. Soon the building was demolished in order to build a modern boulevard here. Almost 100 years have passed since Danton ascended the scaffold, the city council of Paris in its entirety decided to pay tribute to the memory of the politician by creating a monument. The opening of the monument was also dedicated to the centenary of the Great French Revolution.
The main idea of the author
The monument was created by the famous sculptor of that time - Auguste Paris. He approached the work with special attention - in order to realize the idea, Auguste sculpted not only the figure of Danton, but also the 2 images of other men. A tourist who came to this place from the Odeon metro station sees the following picture: on a high pedestal with the name of a politician there are 3 people - Danton himself and two of the people.
Pari placed on the monument the famous words of Georges Jean, which will help convey the main idea of creation: "People need enlightenment right after bread." However, the faces of men do not reflect inspiration or the desire to enlighten: each of them is busy earning bread - someone with a gun, and someone with a drum. They look at Danton with surprise and a lack of understanding of what this loud-voiced man wants from them.
And Georges-Jean is depicted in his usual manner - the leg is raised for new steps forward, the arm is extended to the side, the gaze is fixed somewhere in the distance, and the mouth is ajar for fiery speech.
Danton's life and struggle for a new France
Who was Danton, and why did the French mark him in their history as a great reformer and liberator? Georges-Jean was born in the family of a successful lawyer and was going to connect his future life with jurisprudence. With a monastery education and 25 coins in his pocket, the future revolutionary went to conquer Paris. Despite the loudness, wayward character and unattractive appearance, he quickly made friends, because he was distinguished by an excellent sense of humor, intelligence and charisma.
Danton became the ancestor of the new France - he paid a high price for the fulfillment in 1792 of the Great French Revolution. The compatriots remembered him as courageous, adamant with difficulties, passionately loving his homeland and wishing for her and his people a better future.
Address: 97 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 75006
Bus: Saint-Germain - Odeon