Detail of Cuvier Fountain
Atget – 1905/1906
The Cuvier fountain is a bestiary in itself. This rather baroque, even nightmarish fountain is topped with an allegory of natural history surrounded by a whole representation of the fauna. Here, a green bronze fish, looking
like a snake, seems to spit out its venom, under the pain of the lobster, Holy Eminence of the claw.
Lobster, pasha of the sea,
Lobster the blue, lobster the red,
Lobster, the backstroke swimmer,
Lobster, if you stir, you move.
Lobster, hermit of the rocks,
Lobster, bad boy, good prince,
Lobster, the glory of the market
Lobster, Holy Eminence of the claw.
The Lobster - Storysongs - Robert Desnos