The faces may not be familiar but the names are. Many of the illustrious men and women honoured in the Pantheon are little known outside France but these have world wide fame.
Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) playwright and novelist – his novels (including the Three Musketeers and the Count of Monte Cristo) were originally published in installments in daily newspapers
Marie Curie (1867-1934) Nobel prize winning physicist and chemist honoured for her pioneering work on radioactivity – the first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) poet, dramatist, novelist and artist – author of the epic novel Les Miserables which has inspired theatre, films and a fantastically successful musical
Seven more street art portraits by C215, found in the streets of the 5th arrondissement.
(Click on any photo to view the gallery)
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) writer, musician and political philosopher – one of the first to advocate democracy as the only legitimate form of government
Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729-1811) less well known than the flamboyant flowering climber that was named after him, de Bougainville was a naval officer, navigator and explorer – captain of the first French expedition to sail round the world
Émile Zola (1840-1902) writer and journalist – maybe best known for his rôle in the Dreyfus affair, defending falsely convicted army officer Alfred Dreyfus in an open letter published under the title J’accuse…
The title picture of this post is a portrait of writer, poet, journalist and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Decorated posthumously for his wartime role in aerial reconnaissance, Saint-Éxupery is probably best known to English speakers for two books, Vol de Nuit (or Night Flight) and the strange and dreamy children’s book Le Petit Prince.