Beaumarchais, a Revolutionary on Paper Only?
Was Beaumarchais a precursor of the Revolution? That is how this statue created in 1895 by Louis Causade depicts him! Standing firmly, with his arms crossed, he seems to defy tyrants. Was he not the author of The Marriage of Figaro (1778), a play whose hero is a servant who defies his master? And yet, this does not make him a revolutionary. The writer was also a speculator: after getting rich during the American Revolution (1776-1783), he only dedicated a little bit of time to the French Revolution, before returning to his own affairs, thus profiting from events in order to earn money.
Beaumarchais statue, 8 rue Saint-Antoine