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Friday, 3 April 2015

La Deliverance


The "Naked Lady" holding her sword high in the air, was created by French sculptor Émile Oscar Guillaume.  She was created as a celebration of the battle of Marne where the German army was stopped from capturing Paris in 1914.

Eleven copies of her were presented to cities in France and Belgium that were occupied or destroyed by the Germans.  Her nakedness caused a bit of a stir at the time so she was not readily accepted by all the communities offered her.  Our one in South Finchley gave her a couple of alternative titles: "Dirty Gertie" or "The Wicked Woman" and "The Naked Lady".

7 comments:

Kompani said...

A rather lovely statue.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

She's magnificent Mo! Dirty Gerty made me smile :)

Babzy said...

Naked and beautiful :)

Adullamite said...

The naked lady stand just after the north circular road as you head to Finchley. Or is this another? I always thought it a strange memorial. The soldiers would have had their own opinions I suspect.

Sharon Anck said...

She looks strong and proud to me.

William Kendall said...

Quite a sculpture. The Sisters of Little Or No Mercy might want her dressed up!

Jack said...

It looks like quite a fine statue, though I can't exactly understand what it has to winning a battle.

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