We are at Montmartre. I have often passed by here, but never made a post about this sculpture. It represents somehow a combination of a Franch novelist, screen and theatre playwright, named Marcel Aymé (1902-67) and Mr. Dutilleul. Marcel Aymé lived just round the corner (Rue Norvins) and so did the fictive Mr. Dutilleul, the “heroe” of a novel by Marcel Aymé titled Le Passe-Muraille (The Walker-Through-Walls). Mr. Dutilleul discovered at the age of 42 that he “had the remarkable gift of being able to pass through walls with perfect ease”.
The sculpture was made by a – at least in France – famous actor, Jean Marais (1913-98), who had sculpting as more than a hobby. Jean Marais was a big star in France and was also known as the friend (in all respects) of Jean Cocteau (1889-1963), who portrayed Jean at many occasions.
What made me think it was time to post about this was the little extra thing that also seemed to pass the wall. I’m not sure how long it will stay there.