The “wall passer” by Jean Marais

The “wall passer” by Jean Marais
The “wall passer” by Jean Marais

In this new post about this avant-garde sculpture various creative disciplines are mixed. Of course we have to mention the bronze sculpture work done by Jean Marais in 1989. But we also have to talk about urban planning, as the work is integrated into an urban space of the neighborhood de Montmartre in the French capital. Just as we have to mention literature, as it is a figure inspired by a story by the French writer Marcel Aymé. And not only that, if the author, Jean Marais (1913 – 1998) is named, it is necessary to mention his multidisciplinary nature. A character who has bequeathed us an enormous collection of works of sculpture, painting, drawing, design, fashion and ceramics. But above all, he has gone down in history as one of the most respected actors in French cinema and theater throughout the 20th century.


Jean Marais's "wall passer"

That is, Marais had an intense artistic and creative life, especially since his personal and artistic life became linked to the writerJean Cocteau. From then on he became part of the country's intelligentsia. And among her was also the writer Marcel Aymé.

This author in 1943 wrote a story that tells us about Mr. Dutilleul, or what is the same, the “wall-passer”, since this gray office worker one day discovered that he had the power to go through walls. At first he didn't knowwhat use could such an ability have, but he soon saw that it was a good way to plan some revenge on some hateful co-worker. And even he later he understood that his ability to cross the walls could make him rich, committing various robberies, and even if he was caught, he could always escape from any jail. However, the end of his adventures is very sad and he ended up with a sandwich, without being able to get out of a wall, which the story precisely places in that area of ​​ Paris.

The character achieved a certain fame since its publication in 1943. And much later he was echoed by Jean Marais, who projected this sculpture “Le passe-muraille” in the square where the writer lived and where many of his works were set.

So today he is already integrated into the urban landscape ofMontmartre, and there are many visitors who come to see it, and also to touch it, as he reveals the brightness in one of his hands. And there are various beliefs about it. Since touching that hand is lucky until you can ask to have some power as unique as crossing walls. In addition to the fact that there are always people who play the brute, pushing by the hand in a vain attempt to bring the character's entire body to light. The truth is that the realism of the figure and even his pose of greeting passersby seems to be an invitation to interact with him.

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