Art@Site Emmanuel Fremiet Joan of Arc

Emmanuel Fremiet


Joan of Arc

Place des Pyramides
The original statue was commissioned by the French government following the defeat of the country in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War. It is the only public commission of the French state during the period 1870-1914, called the Golden Age of statuary in Paris, the other statues were funded by private subscriptions.
The sculptor Emmanuel Fremiet, took as his model Aimee Girod (1856-1937), a young woman from Domremy, Joan of Arc's village in Lorraine. The artist, who made another version of the monument for the city of Nancy in 1889, replaced 10 years later the horse of the Parisian monument by a copy of the smaller Nancy one, which earned him criticism.
The statue was inaugurated in 1874. The pedestal was designed by the architect Paul Abadie. The monument was classified as a historic monument, on March 31, 1992.
Reviving a tradition from the far-right leagues, on every May Day, the National Front holds an annual ceremony in honor of Joan of Arc at the statue.