"Lion Of Belfort - Auguste Bartholdi 1834-1904"Signature on the front of the terrace: A BARTHOLDI Inscription on the edge of the terrace: Defenders of Belfort 1870-71 Mark of founder: JB Schmitt Publisher. Belfort
This is the "little" lion: 12 cm long
This bronze is a reduction of the monumental statue (11 meters high and 22 meters long) of the Lion of Belfort. Lying in the posture of the Egyptian sphinxes which inspired Frederick Auguste Bartholdi, the lion, front legs extended and stiff, opens the mouth in a silent roar. Calm, majestic, both superb and threatening, he put his right paw on an arrow he just stopped. The Lion of Belfort, a little story, anecdotes and legends ... "To celebrate your immortal glory, Brave soldier, O lion the strongest! We will engrave on the pediment of History: Denfert! Belfort! ... Denfert! Belfort! ... "Chorus of the patriotic song composed in 1880 by André Lefebvre on the air of" When cannon the resounding voice ... "
After studying at Lycée Louis-le-Grand, then at the National School of Fine Arts Arts, Frédéric Auguste undertakes a trip to Egypt, then to Yemen, whose taste of monumental sculptures he brings back. His career began in 1852, and in 1856 his first monumental order launched him. 1869 is the year of his second trip to Egypt. He develops a project of monumental lighthouse, with a statue "the Orient enlightening the world", for the entrance of the Suez Canal. Due to lack of funding, Khedive Ismaël Pasha refuses it and the project is forgotten. The return of the sculptor is in the crash of weapons. The Prussians invaded France. Frederick Auguste took up arms to defend his resisting city, then joined the General Staff of General Garibaldi which he is the aide de camp before exiling himself in Bordeaux and embarking for the United States.
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