The Fontaine Molière is a fountain in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, at the junction of rue Molière and rue de Richelieu.Work out when and for how long to visit Fontaine Molière and other Paris attractions using our handy Paris vacation planner.
Its site was occupied by a fountain known as the fontaine Richelieu until 1838, when it was demolished due to interfering with traffic flow. Joseph Régnier, a member of the Comédie-Française, suggested a new fountain set back slightly from the previous fountain's site as a monument to the playwright Moliere. This was France's first national public subscription for a commemorative monument dedicated to a non-military figure. Built in 1844, the fountain was designed by several sculptors, headed by the architect Louis Tullius Joachim Visconti, who also designed the fountain in place Saint-Sulpice.
The main bronze sculpture, showing Moliere seated under a portico under an imposing arch, is by Bernard-Gabriel Seurre (1795–1875) and cast by the fonderie Eck et Durand. Under him is an inscription flanked by two marble female sculptures by Jean-Jacques Pradier (1792–1852), 'Serious Comedy' and 'Light Comedy' - each holds a scroll listing Moliere's works. Right at the bottom are lion masks, from which the water pours into a semi-circular basin. A commemorative medal for the fountain's inauguration was designed by François Augustin Caunois in 1844 - an example of it is in the musée Carnavalet (ND 0367).
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The bronze statue of Moliere, (a french playwright) is quite impressive in its own right, however, the structure that envelopes him, is massive, about six stories. The base is a fountain, with water..... more »
Considered as one of the greatest French writers, the City of Paris paid a tribute to Moliere by founding this monument. However it's not located on the widest street. We were walking in the... more »
Incredibly impressive to see in person.
A nice fountain at the intersection of a few blocks from the statue of Molier.
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