International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, Paris 1925

Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts

April 28, 1925 - October 25, 1925


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Fountain of Laughter

Fountain of Laughter at the Exhibition Paris 1925

Architect(s) : Moreau-Vauthier

The ceramic Fountain of Laughter, by the sculptor Moreau-Vauthier, which was erected at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, near the Palais de la Ville de Paris, represents a faun pressing bunches of grapes against his forehead with both hands. On its base, the names Rabelais, Molière, Voltaire, Beaumarchais, Henri Monnier, Courteline are engraved, with this motto: "To laugh is ]e proper of man. "

The artist had the ingenious idea of giving his mythological character the features of one of the contemporary actors who know best how to arouse laughter, the great comic Dranem, and our engraving represents the model, laughing naturally, beside his effigy.

©L'Illustration - 1925