Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Chopin



My daughter and I spent the first few days of our vacation in Warsaw, Poland which is where I took these photos showing a statue of the famous Polish composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin who was born in Warsaw. It is located in Royal Łazienki Park and shows a seated Chopin with a stylized willow over his head which was meant to echo a pianist's hand and fingers. The statue was designed in 1907 by Wacław Szymanowski and was supposed to have been erected in 1910 on the 100th anniversary of Chopin's birth. Controversy over the design and then World War I delayed it until 1926. Like much of the city of Warsaw, the statue was blown up by occupying Germans during World War II. Fortunately the original mould for the statue survived the war and a duplicate was able to be recast and placed at the original site in 1958.

Linking to Our World Tuesday.

16 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful sculpture. I am glad they could make a duplicate from the mould. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Halcyon said...

I can almost hear the music!

Sandra said...

the willow tree looks like a dinosaur/dragon to me, like the mouth is hovering over his head. and once i saw that image i can not unsee it to find a tree... glad they could replace it

Sharon Anck said...

A beautiful statue, very artistic.

William Kendall said...

That is a beautiful sculpture!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely and creative sculptures in Poland and wonderful photos ~ thanks, ^_^

Rajesh said...

Interesting statue.

A Colorful World said...

Oh I am so glad they kept the original mold! What a tragedy it would be to lose this entirely! So much was lost in that war!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am glad it was able to be re-cast after all the tragic events. I needed the explanation about the willow tree (but that doesn't make it controversial in my mind. It just means I lack knowledge and/or imagination). What a wonderful trip to take with your daughter!

Revrunner said...

I'm glad someone actually could remember where the original mould was.

Christine said...

That was a very interesting piece of history! Thanks Lois!

RedPat said...

The tree looks a bit threatening!

Klara S said...

I'm so happy you visited Poland! I hope you liked it. For me Chopin statue is one of the most important and most beautiful Polish symbols. When I saw a photo taken after WWII with empty plinth, I had tears in my eyes...

bill burke said...

A beautiful sculpture and a wonderful historical story.

I am glad you are going to visit Ireland, you'll love it. Let me know when and we'll see if we can meet up.

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What a marvelous sculpture!!

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Lowcarb team member said...

Just lovely ...

All the best Jan