It’s been said boredom always precedes a period of great creativity, perhaps the sculptor caught an apparently dozing Molière just prior to a burst of great inspiration !
Known by the stage name Molière, Jan-Baptista Poquelin (1622-1673), was a French playwright, actor, and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in French and world literature. His theatrical works include comedies, farces, and more, and have been translated into every major living language.
His sculpture, along with that of Pierre Corneille, a French tragedian who specialised in a cheerful genre of drama based on human suffering, sits outside the Theatre of Avignon located on the Place de l’horloge, in the centre of the city. The first theatre, built in 1825 was destroyed by fire in 1846 but quickly rebuilt in the new Italian-style with a set of steps on which to sit and survey passersby…
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