Bronze head on a brick pedestal.
par jean boucher
L'Union de la Bretagne à La France
The seven bronze heads in the 'Quartier Normandie' were made by Boucher the monument to commemorate the union of Bretagne to France, commissioned by the city of Rennes in 1909. The City Council requested that two great figures represent France (King Charles VIII) and Bretagne (Du Guesclin) and that five figures represent the five major regions of Bretagne. The final monument finished in 1911 represented Anne de Bretagne kneeling before the king Charles VIII with 15 figures in the background. The monument was placed in a niche of the Rennes town hall. The work was destroyed on 7 August 1932 by the armed group Gwenn ha Du. Parts of the monument were preserved. Boucher's son donated the seven heads to the town of Barentin in 1952 (see Le Musée virtuel de Jean Boucher).
Barentin - Musée dans la Rue
Barentin "City of Arts", a town of 13,000 inhabitants, has hundreds of sculptures scattered throughout the town in its "street museum". Initiator of the "street museum" is the lawyer and politician André Marie (Honfleur 1897 - Rouen 1974, Wikipedia), who was mayor of Barentin from 1945 to 1974 and minister of national education. The town continues his initiative under the leadership of Michel Bentot, Mayor since 1990, with the purchase, maintenance and restoration of the sculptures, paintings and monuments.
The exact number of sculptures is difficult to find out. The book Images de Barentin of 2006 lists 312 sculptures, 110 of which are in public space (at present, there are at least 328 sculptures). The 110 sculptures 'on the street' include a few buildings and architectural features, among them the famous train viaduct. Included on our website are 93 of these 110. But, we included six sculptures not in public space (on school yards), listed in the book as not in public space, and two sculptures which are not in the book. That means that there are 101 sculptures in Barentin on our website.
Click here for a interactive map with the locations of the sculptures.
Each sculpture has a blue tile with the name, the sculptor and the reference number. Between 2001 and 2014 all sculptures have been restored, reports about the restaurations are in the Ensemble Barentin, Bulletin municipal officiel (on-line).
Jean-Marie Grisel & Jean-Pierre Dugelay, Images de Barentin, cité des arts: Le Musée dans la rue (Barentin: Ville de Barentin, 2006).
Barentin Cité des Arts, Patrimoine.
- Jean Boucher (Cesson-Sévigné 1870 - Paris 1939),
Location N 49°32'19" E 0°56'34"
Item Code: frhn115; Photograph: 31 July 2015
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