I know sexy mannequins are a thing, but before reading about Victor Noir, I had no idea that sexy grave statues existed.
What’s super fascinating about Victor Noir is that his well-endowed bronze sculpture was simply a generous embellishment by the artist who crafted it.
Victor was the lucky recipient of an artistic bulge in his pants that has now brought visitors from all over the world to his grave.
Victor Noir Lived A Short, Tragic Life
Victor was an ordinary man. He lived from 1848-1870. During the early stages of his career, he worked as an apprentice journalist for a newspaper called “La Marseillaise” in Paris. Overall, he’s remembered as a generally unimpressive fellow. Not sure why most of the articles need to point that out. Perhaps they’re jealous of the impressive bulge in his pants and need to point out that otherwise, he didn’t really cause much of a stir.
Anyway, one day poor Victor Noir found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The cousin of Emperor Napoleon III, Prince Pierre Bonaparte, was angry about an article that had been published in “La Marseillaise”. Because of this, he challenged the editor of the newspaper to a duel. Acting on behalf of his editor, Victor went to help setup the details.
When Victor Noir was in the middle of establishing a time and place for the duel, things got tense. The prince lost his cool in a major way, pulled out his pistol, and shot and killed poor Victor.
Victor’s murder enraged the public. They were already not happy with the political situation in the country, and the murder of a journalist by a member of the emperor’s family was too much.
Because of this, Victor Noir ended up becoming a symbol of revolution. Over 100,000 people attended his funeral in his hometown of Neuilly. Sadly, Pierre Bonaparte was acquitted of the murder charge, and this lead to demonstrations in the streets!
Despite his status as a bit of a martyr, Victor Noir was buried in Neuilly, and basically forgotten about for 20 years.
However, in 1891, his name started to become the talk of the town again. After the establishment of the Third French Republic, his body was moved from his hometown to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. To help honour his name and what he died for, a renowned French sculptor, Jules Dalou, was given the job of creating the sculpture in bronze that would stand in front of his grave.
Using drawings for reference, the artist chose to depict Victor Noir lying down on the ground with his hat beside him. There was a lot of time and detail put into his features. Hair on his head, creases in his shoes, the lines on his face… the artist considered everything.
Further to all of these cosmetic details, the artist also chose to add one mysterious feature to Victor Noir’s bronze statue: a large bulge in his pants.
All you Need Is A Little Luck
The story of Victor Noir has spread far and wide. His statue has become a symbol of sexual satisfaction and fertility.
Women from all over come to the cemetery to kiss Victor’s lips, and rub the bulge in his trousers. There are a whole list of superstitious rewards you’ll receive if you do various things to the statue.
For example, if you want to get pregnant, you should touch Victor’s right foot, and if you want to have twins, you should touch his left foot.
The high-touch nature of various spots on his statue have caused them to be shiny (from rubbing) while the rest of his body is the standard green of oxidized bronze.
Visit The Victor Noir Statue
In 2004, Dita Von Teese posed on top of Victor, and caused quite the stir. Other women have also been visiting Victor to get luck and fertility. From them touching it, posing with it, and doing other suggestive things, they put a fence around the statue.
This, however, caused even more of a fuss so they decided to take the fence down.
Ready to boost your fertility, or add a sassy photo-stop to your visit to Paris? Go and check out Victor Noir. While you’re there, check out all of the other famous people buried at Pere Lachaise Cemetery.