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Daumier's Grave



 

 

HAVE YOU EVER RESTORED A GRAVE?

 

With this provocative question we started a project in 2003 to restore Daumier's Grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. We are very happy to announce that the generous engagement of many Daumier friends have made it possible to achieve this goal.

 

THE RESTORATION IS ACCOMPLISHED!

May 8, 2007

 

We are very happy to announce that Daumier's grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is now fully restored thanks to all the sponsors who contributed so generously towards this project. We are grateful for your trust and support. Your patience has paid off and we hope that many Daumier friends will have an opportunity to pay a visit to the newly restored grave of which you can see some photos here below.

 

WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF THESE SPONSORS:

 

Anonymous, Germany

Anonymous, Switzerland

Antefelt, Göran, USA

Bearden, Sam, USA

Beauregard, Philip, USA

Blachon, Remi, France

Bosco, David, USA

Cooley, Lissa, USA

Cummings, George, USA

DaumierGallery, Switzerland

Daumier-Register, Switzerland

Deguen, Natalie, France

Duquesnoy, Reginald, UK

Epifanie, Pierre, France

Farrington, Jeremiah, USA

Fickewirth, John M., USA

Fusco, Cassandra, New Zealand

Giraud, Julien, France

Hauswedell & Nolte, Germany

Hellwig, Hans-Jürgen, Germany

Ives, Colta, USA

Kleudgen, Dieter, Germany

Labau Alain, France

Lockhart, John, USA

Mason, Steve, USA

McDade, Brenda, USA

Niechzial, Bärbl, Germany

Noack, Dieter and Lilian, Switzerland

Oevermann, Ulrich, Germany

O'Hara, Kathleen, USA

Pauly, Albert, Germany

Pfenninger, Elisabeth, Switzerland

Prouté, Paul, France

Renault, Jean Michel, France

Robbins, Christa, USA

Schrank, Harris, USA

Spilberg, Zoe, UK

Staitman, Jack, USA

Vautrin, Italy

Wechsler, Judith, USA

Weinik, Jennifer, USA

 

 

PHOTOS OF DAUMIER'S GRAVE BEFORE RESTORATION

 

As you can see from the photos, Daumier’s grave is in a run-down condition and desperately needs to be restored. Age and weather conditions have added their share in the past 125 years since Daumier’s death: the inscription has become nearly illegible.

 

 

A recent storm added further damage to the stone and to the old metal chain surrounding the grave.

 

 

 

 

 

On April 19, 2004, the Mayor of Paris visited the Père Lachaise cemetery in occasion of its 200th anniversary. For this event Daumier's grave site has been cleaned up, and the path way around the grave has been redone. The tree that had collapsed over Daumier’s grave has been removed.

 



 

AUGUST 15, 2006

PHOTOS OF DAUMIER'S GRAVE IN THE COURSE OF THE RESTORATION

We are happy to show you today the first photograph of the restored grave!

 

 

As you can see, Daumier's grave has been cleaned and restored thanks to your financial support. The six pillars have been replaced with new ones and the chain is also new. The next step will be the incision of the text which will be executed exactly the same way as it was before the cleaning.

 



 

MAY 8, 2007

PHOTOS OF THE RESTORED GRAVE

 

 

 

 

3 photographs © by Daniel Bolsinger - www.allinonebox.com

 

THE INSCRIPTION ON THE TOMBSTONE READS AS FOLLOWS:

 

DAUMIER

HONORÉ-VICTORIN

né à Marseille en 1808

Mort à Valmondois (S.-et-O.) en 1879

 

Madame DAUMIER

née MARIE-ALEXANDRINE DASSY

Paris 1822 - Isle-Adam (S.-et-O.) 1895

 

PEUPLE

Ci-gît DAUMIER, l'Homme de bien,

Le grand artiste, le grand citoyen.

 

 

            

Thermometer showing the increase of Funds

Last updated THANKS TO A CONTRIBUTION: April 25, 2007.

 

THE FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE. WE THANK ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT!

 

In case you would like to support the ongoing work of the DAUMIER REGISTER, we would be very grateful for any contribution. Have a look at the "Become a sponsor of the Daumier Register" page of this website.

 

 




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