Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known as Molière, (1622-1673) broke with his Parisian artisan milieu in 1643 to become an actor and then gave his first play, The Pretentious Young Ladies, in 1659.
From 1663 he played in Versailles where he stayed with his troupe on many occasions until 1673. In struggle with the devotees' party, he lost the favor of Louis XIV in 1672.
Jean-Antoine Houdon is the most famous portraitist of the 18th century in France. His ability to capture the physical resemblance, give life to the glance and penetrate the psychology of his models explains his numerous commissions in the last quarter of the century.
The admirable twist of the tie tied on the front gives the figure a brilliant touch of elegance that reveals Jean-Antoine Houdon's signature.
Reproduction in patinated plaster
Height: 29 cm.
Width: 21 cm.
Depth: 15.5 cm.
Weight: 1.5 kg.
Museum: Paris - French Comedy
Artistic current: XVIIIth century
Artist: Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828)