Les Tuileries: Modern vs. Antique Statues

The Tuileries offers many interesting sculptures to look at, some dating at least one hundred years back. Others are much more modern, and the contrast between the two is something to note.

When walking around the Tuileries, one may begin to notice the statues popping up throughout the garden. Some of these statues are over one hundred years old, while others are much more modern. Eugène Atget captured several of the statues in the Tuileries, including those of Vertumne, Aurore, Daphne, and Apollo. These statues still stand today, and it is remarkable to go see them in person, standing where Atget once stood. Something that makes the Tuileries so unique is its contrast of old versus modern statues. One minute you may be walking past an antique, stone statue, and the next minute you may stumble upon a massive metal object decoratively painted and sculptured very differently. One such modern sculpture is named Le Bel Costumé, which provides a great contrast to the older statues in the garden. The sculpture was made in 1973 by Jean Dubuffet, and installed in the garden in 2000. Four meters high, the sculpture is compartmentalized into blocks of red, white, black, and blue. The architecture of the sculpture was inspired by one of Dubuffet’s doodles he would constantly make with a ballpoint pen while on the telephone. When looking at Le Bel Costumé, it is easy to see how the sculpture could have originated as a messy, rambling drawing, and got turned into a beautiful sculpture. Its colorful panels and lack of a standard body and face certainly makes it stand out from the other sculptures in the garden, and provides a refreshing contrast that gives the Tuileries even more reason to visit.

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Le Bel Costum�©

Le Bel Costum©

Sculpted in 1973 by Jean Dubuffet, Le Bel Costum© was placed in the Tuileries in 2000. The sculpture is an inspiration from one of Dubuffet's doodles he made while talking on the telephone. The sculpture is also close to the Jeu de Paume, which also showcased some of Dubuffet's work. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Sunbathers

Sunbathers

Le Bel Costum© is perched on a nice, quieter part of the Tuileries. It is a good spot for sunbathing while being close to an amazing work of art. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Vertumne

Vertumne

The statue of Vertumne still stands strong, just as when Atget photographed it. Vertumne is supposed to represent the season of spring. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Vertumne: Looking Up

Vertumne: Looking Up

This close-up shot of the statue of Vertumne gives more detail to the sculpture, and shows the inside of the fabric he is holding. It is also a nice contrast against the deep green trees behind it. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

The Standing Woman

The Standing Woman

This statue provides a great modern contrast to the more formal, older statues of conventional bodies behind it. It is enclosed by a square of grass, giving the viewer plenty of room to observe. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Apollo poursuivant Daphne

Apollo poursuivant Daphne

This is the second statue of the Daphne and Apollo pair, Apollon pursuivant Daphne, or Apollo follows Daphne. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Daphne de Theodon

Daphne de Theodon

This statue was also photographed by Eugene Atget near the turn of the 20th century. It is placed as a pair with Apollo, as the two characters tell a tragic love story. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Daphne and Apollo

Daphne and Apollo

This pair of statues is an example of the older types of statues the Tuileries has to offer. The pair offer an interesting story, and it is fitting that they are placed so close to one another. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

Pigeon on Apollo

Pigeon on Apollo

The pigeon contrasts a living object with an inanimate object in the Tuileries garden. The garden is full of life, both human and animal amidst the statues of the garden. | Creator: Julia Jane Duggan View File Details Page

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Julia Jane Duggan, “Les Tuileries: Modern vs. Antique Statues,” W&L Paris, accessed January 18, 2022, https://omeka.wlu.edu/wluparis/items/show/49.

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