Art@Site Gustave Michel Monument Jules Ferry

Gustave Michel


Monument Jules Ferry

Jardin des Tuileries
This monument to Ferry is located in the Tuilleries Gardin near the Louvre in Paris. It depicts Ferry standing at a lectern with one woman below looking toward him. That woman has her hands on a child. A second woman is seated and appears to be holding a book - unopened, on her thigh and looking into the distance.
Ferry (1832-1893), in addition to his colonial efforts is known for promoting laicism in French society. He served as the 44th and 49th Prime Minister (1880-1881 & 1883-1885). His promotion of French as the national language no doubt led to the extinction of several provincial languages.
The artist is Michel Gustave-Frederic (1851-1924) was a French sculptor who has only this brief entry in Wikipedia.
"Gustave Frederic Michel (1851-1924) was a French sculptor, according to Marina Warner"one of the most famous sculptors of the first decades of this century in France, " although virtually unknown today.