Place de la Concorde fountain model used in making of An American in Paris


Model of the Place de la Concorde fountain used in the 1951 MGM film An American in Paris. The model is made of wood, plaster and papier mache, and was designed by Preston Ames and Irene Sharaff in the style of French Fauvist painter Raoul Dufy. The model was made by staff sculptor Henry Greutert at MGM studios in Culver City, California.

The fountain set model was used by production staff of An American in Paris to plan their creative strategies: by director Vincente Minnelli to plan the actors' movements and various camera angles, by actor-choreographer Gene Kelly to plan his choreography, by Leslie Caron and the corps de ballet to visualize the full-scale set upon which they would perform, by costume designer Irene Sharaff to create clothing complimentary to the scenic design, and by the lighting designer to create a lighting plot.

Date Made: 1950

Maker: Ames, PrestonSharaf, IreneAmes, PrestonSharaf, IreneMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corporation

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Culver CityAssociated Place: France: Île-de-France, Paris

Subject: Motion PicturesMovie


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Credit Line: Mrs. Vincente Minnelli

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0231.01Accession Number: 1997.0231Catalog Number: 1997.0231.01

Object Name: Set Model

Physical Description: wood (overall material)plaster (overall material)papier mache (overall material)Measurements: overall: 107 cm x 67 cm x 64 cm; 42 1/8 in x 26 3/8 in x 25 3/16 inoverall: 41 in x 53 in x 34 in; 104.14 cm x 134.62 cm x 86.36 cm


Record Id: nmah_739083

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