la douleur

Pierre Gareau in Père-Lachaise

Pierre Gareau (1766–1815) was a French merchant. Located in D10, inside the division; the grave used to be just to the right of a path going up the hill but the path is now long gone.

The sculpture by François-Dominique Milhomme (D1) depicting La Douleur is quite possibly a representation of his widow.

This has the unique distinction of being the first statue erected in Père-Lachaise and is one of the few of the earliest monuments still standing in the cemetery.

The following images are from 1821, 1840, c. 1900 and 2012.

c. 1821

c. 1821

1840

1840

c. 1900

c. 1900

2012 photo by Pierre Yves Beaudouin

2012 photo by Pierre Yves Beaudouin