Alsace 101: Fame and Glory in Alsace : Arts and Culture
June 26, 2017
Tucked-away in the northeast of France, Alsace may be a lesser-known wine region than its French counterparts, but it is well known for the many famous and influential people born there, many whose work still touch our everyday lives.
Many influential artists, including scupltors, film directors, and illustrators hail from Alsace.
- Fréderic Auguste Bartholdi, sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, was born in Colmar in 1834.
- Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer, the prolific children’s book illustrator of famous works like Flat Stanley and Moon Man and recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Illustrators was born in Alsace’s capital city, Stasbourg, in 1931.
- Nearly 100 years earlier in 1832, illustrator Gustave Doré was born in Strasbourg, and later became known for his engravings of classic works, including Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
- Strasbourg also lays claim to conductor Charles Munch of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Marie Tussaud, another sculptor, born in 1761 who created the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London.
- Alsace goes to the movies, too: director William Wyler, famous for the epic classic, Ben Hur, was born in Mulhouse in 1902.
- Though not famous himself, Mertzwiller-born Simon Marx is the father of the famous comedian siblings: the Marx Brothers.
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