DescriptionDate: 1929Location: Paris -- Académie FrançaiseThis famous statue, now at the Louvre, stood in the Institut de France (which includes Académie Française) on the opposite side of the Seine from 1806 to 1962. Sculpted by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle and completed in 1776, the statue honored famed French philosopher and writer Jean Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known as Voltaire. At the base of the statue are the mask of Comedy and dagger of Tragedy. The figure is partially covered by an unfurled scroll. Kertész has come upon the statue as light strikes it through an adjacent window.