HD photographs of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Moliere statue at Comedie Francaise - Page 1106



We were in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris at the Comedie Francaise, when we took these high definition photos showing a statue of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Moliere, which was sculpted by Jean Jacques Caffieri.

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Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere statue inside Comedie Francaise, Paris
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin had a stage name of Moliere and this first HD photo shows a statue that was produced in marble to depict the famous French playwright and actor, Moliere, who has become recognised as one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature, which is positioned within an alcove in the entrance foyer to the Comedie Francaise that is located on the Rue de Richelieu by the Place Colette in Paris.
French playwright Moliere statue by Jean Jacques Caffieri
Here you can see the detailing that went into this particular statue of Moliere, which was by the artist Jean Jacques Caffieri who was born in Paris in 1725 to a family of sculptors that originated from Italy, and following in their footsteps he joined the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which was the predecessor of the Ecole des Beaux Arts.

Jean Jacques Caffieri, often spelt as Jean-Jacques Caffieri, was exceedingly well recognised for his busts and portrait statues of famous men such as Pierre Corneille and of course Moliere, with one of these particular seated portrait statues now being held within the Musee du Louvre and another in a museum in Rouen, yet the one you can see here is at the Comedie Francaise.
Right side of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin statue in Comedie Francaise alcove
Now Moliere was actually born to a prosperous family with the name Jean-Baptiste Poquelin in the January of 1622, but used the stage name of Moliere and utilising his connections through aristocrats of the time, and with his troupe he ended up with a title of Troupe de Roi, which in English translates to The Kings Troupe, although he was not always well received by certain circles such as the Church.
Les Precieses Ridicules inscription on marble Moliere statue
Yet here is a close up showing sheets of paper by the feet of Moliere with the words Les Precieses Ridicules, which is a one act satire written by this renowned playwright that was first premiered in Paris in 1659 and highly successful it even attracted the patronage of King Louis XIV.

Now a satire is a specific type of genre in either literature or performing arts where the idea is shame or ridicule individuals with vices folloies or shortcomings, which is exactly what the play Les Precieses Ridicules is about when two young women felt that their suitors were not good enough, so their valets pretended to be sophisticated men that the women would fall in love with.
Left side of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin statue in Comedie Francaise foyer
So here is another photograph showing the marble statue of Moliere at the Comedie Francaise, however, you will find that Jean-Jacques Caffieri also produced other statues of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, along with busts of famous people and you can also find one of these busts within the Comedie Francaise, which is also known as the Theatre Francais or the Theatre de la Republique.

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