Vintage postcard series & missing artwork - Marie was a sculptor and writer who wrote and sculpted under the pseudonym of Claude Vignon. She is buried in D46 in Père-Lachaise. Her bust, which she sculpted, is presently missing.
Vintage postcard series ~ Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) was a French painter known for her paintings of animals and farm life.
François-Joseph Lefebvre duc de Dantzig (1755–1820). French marshal of the army.
Description: Relief portrait of Lefebvre surrounded by a garland of cypress and laurel by Pierre-Jean David d’Angers (D39). Architect: Jean-Louis Provost.
Location: D28, Chemin Suchet et Masséna.
postcard photo c. 1900
Pierre-Frédéric Dorian (1814–1873). French politician, manufacturer, and former Minister of Public Works. D70, Avenue Cail, Avenue des Peupliers and Rond-Point.
Description: Statue (1875) by Aimé Millet of Pierre during the defense of Paris 1870–71, sitting on a wicker basket used to fortify walls, with his left hand over his heart while in his right hand he holds a map of Paris fortifications; his left foot rests atop the barrel of a small cannon. Architect was Léon Dupré.
2006 by Steve Soper
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.
Alfred Chauchard (1821–1909). D64, Avenue Circulaire. French merchant and art collector.
Bust of Alfred by Henri Weigele.
Look closely at how the background has changed over the years.
2006 by Steve Soper
Vincenzo Bellini (1801–1835). D11 just off of Chemin Méhul, near Bosquet Delille. Italian music composer. In 1876 his remains were returned to his birthplace, Catania, Sicily.
Portrait medallion of Vincenzo by Charles Marochetti. Originally there was a female angel sitting with arms crossed on the slab portion of the tomb in front of the upright stone which holds the medallion.
Architect: G. A. Blouet.
2006 photo by Steve Soper
Pierre Desproges (1939-1988).
Along Chemin Denon. . .
Armand-Pierre Arman (1928-2005). French-American painter-sculptor.
Description: Statue of a wonderfully deconstructed cello.
Off Chemin Denon.
Ken Sazaki (1943-1991). Japanese pianist.
Off Chemin Denon.
Off Chemin Saint-Louis, line 5.
Portrait medallion of Suzanne Labobe 1914-1918.
Stained glass depicting a coat-of-arms by Proye.
Cyprien Stilliére (1811-1889) French architect.
Description: Relief of a man sitting at his writing desk, pen in hand.
Street: Avenue Latérale du Sud, line 11.
Antoine Perrolle (1765-1820).
Description: Relief below the altar ledge inside the chapel tomb depicting a young, veiled woman grieving over a funeral urn.
Architect: A. Sauvage.
Street: Avenue de la Chapelle and Rond-Point Casimir Perier, line 2.
Georges-Démètre Bibesco (1804-1873), Romanian prince of Wallachia, Marie Vacaresco madame Bibesco (1815-1859), and their grand-niece Anna de Brancovan comtesse de Noailles (1876-1933), Romanian-French poet.
Description: The dramatic exterior hints at the stunning interior of this large chapel tomb: three large frescoes depicting religious themes stretch across the back half of the circular structure and a relief with two angels kneeling and praying one on either side of a portrait of a woman and dedicated to Marie Bibesco is found just below the altar.
Sculptor/artists: Eugène Oudine (relief) and Jean-Baptiste-Auguste Leloir (frescoes).
Street: Chemin du Dragon.
Eliza Bresson (d. 1852) and Louise-Marie-Thérèse de Serre (1818-1864).
Description: Small inset relief statue of the Virgin Mary directly above Eliza’s name.
Samuel Scheikavitch 1842-1908. French lawyer.
Description: Relief of Christ’s death mask (?) at the front face of a raised sarcophagus tomb. Sculptor: Unknown.
Georges Singer (1854-1900), captain of French cavalry, and his widow Marie-Thérèse Meuret madame Singer (1859-1910).
Description: Stained glass window depicting Sainte-Anne seated holding a book with the young Jesus.
Artist: A. Lusson.
Street: Avenue Circulaire.
Five stained glass circles in the upper rear wall window, four with a floral motif forming a cross centered on a fifth which has a portrait photo of a man.
Street: Chemin Gosselin