Wednesday, November 02, 2005

D'Artagnan without the Three Musketeers!

Even if you are not French I am sure you read (or saw) the story of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), one of our most famous writers. In this story - which takes place in 1625 - a character called d'Artagnan arrives in Paris at the age of 18 and quickly makes friends with three musketeers : Porthos, Aramis, and Athos. Well, if you wander around at the crossing of Avenue de Villiers and Boulevard Malesherbes in the 17th arrondissement you get to see a magnificent monument by Gustave Doré, dedicated to Alexandre Dumas. On one of its sides you can see d'Artagnan almost in the flesh! Very impressive.


  1. Well bravo Eric !!! I had never noticed this sculpture. It'll make me walk back to this place as soon as possible. An occasion for a little pilgrimage to, to la Salle Cortot, where great artists and renowned choirs performs (;o)) !

  2. I was not even aware that Doré was also a scuptor - I knew him only as a book illustrator. As far as Dumas' The Three Musketeers is concerned, it is one of the rare works for which I can honestly say "I've seen the movie, but I haven't read the book."

  3. My husband seriously considered naming our son d'Artagnan - after all, we already had Madeleine!

    Thanks for sharing your great photos!