July 28, 2015

Above: The grave of French writer Collette in Pere Lachaise Cemetery, who wrote such novels as Claudine in School and Gigi.

Below: Pictures 1 and 2 are from the unique tomb of Irish poet and author Oscar Wilde, put up by a wealthy female admirer, as Wilde died destitute in France.
The glass barrier was installed to prevent marks and damage on the tomb - the angel depicted was originally complete with male genitalia which were removed and never found.

Pictures 5 and 6 is the grave of Victor Noir, shot dead by Prince Pierre Bonaparte, cousin of Emperor Napoleon III. The polished brass on
his reportedly true-to-life-size groin area is rubbed by women in the hope of increasing fertility. In 2004, a fence was erected around the
grave to deter people from touching the statue. Due to supposed protests from the "female population of Paris", it was torn down again.

Picture 9 is the grave of French singer Édith Piaf and her family. Piaf was a singer of such well known songs as La Vie En Rose and Non, je ne regrette rien.

Picture 12 is the grave of French painter Jean-Dominique Ingres, a "Neoclassicist" creator of beautiful portraits and historical works art in the tradition of his hero, Raphael.

Picture 13 is the grave of French painter Jacques-Louis David, another "Neoclassicist" painter of exacting craftmanship, he supported the French Revolution under Robespierre,
and became a "dictator of the arts" in the French Republic, who decreed that paintings would be judged by strict academic standards (which didn't change much for over a century).
Jailed when Robespierre was turfed from power, he latched onto Napoleon Bonaparte when he got out. Many of his famous paintings feature a rose-coloured view of the Emperor's exploits.

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