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The sculptures in the Grand Palais
At the end of the 19th century, “statuomania” reigned in the gardens, on the roofs, and even in the cemeteries of Paris. The buildings constructed for the 1900 World Fair did not escape this trend. More than 1,000 statues decorated all the exterior parts of the Grand Palais. They were the work of some fifty artists chosen by the architects. The colonnades recall the classicism of the Louvre, while the sculptures are mostly Baroque. The decorations are in sculpted stone, apart from the two embossed copper quadrigas by Georges Récipon that adorn the corners of the main facade.
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