Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Andre Le Notre in Perspective

If you're going to  move to a part of town...
Where almost ever building has a plaque reminding you it was build in the 17th century...
Then you better be ready to dive into the deep end of French history, particularly architectural history of Louis XIV! So off I went last Saturday to see the soon ending exhibit of Andre Le Notre in Perspective at Versailles, just a 20 minute train ride if you leave from Gare MontParnasse.
Le Notre was the son of the former king's gardener.
But he was a great deal more than just a gardener.
He plotted jardin a la Francaise on a very grand scale.
Saturday was a lovely sunny day here by the way with few crowds at Versailles.
Le Notre was born right in the Tuileries gardens.
Does it get any more perfect than that?
The exhibit is huge and detailed.
Louis XIV on a charging horse of course.
I started to wonder if I should be painting PBers astride galloping horses..?
Quite an impressive man, Le Notre. He amassed a huge collection of art as well as studying 5 years with painter Simon Vouet.
They seem to have saved ever line he ever drew.
Witty topiary sketches. The man worked 7 days a week as we artists tend to do.


Enfin the gift shop! One does need a few 17th century items doesn't one?
Lovely garden mats for a mere 5 euros...
An irresistible plate only 11 euros...
We somehow resisted the Marie-Antoinette T-shirt but very mignon we thought...
And to-die-for cups but these were 29 euros...tres triste
The town of Versailles offers up plenty of other temptations
Gateaux M-A could have easily munched on...
A bombe aux marrons !!
And gorgeous macaron boxes that could double as décor non?
Back in Paris scented candle-maker Diptych had topiary in their vitrines...to swoon for non? PBers, I think I'm entering my 17th century period...oui or non?

23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!
    You get to seenthe best things. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Chris4:22 PM

    Yes get out the fan and the hoops and go all out 17th C!!!

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  3. Love, love, love! This might be my favorite of all your posts---so far. Can you have them hold over the exhibit until April?

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  4. Carol, Whenever you share your trip to a museum I know what a treat it will be; you would make a wonderful Museum guide! A post I adored., subject matter and your choice of views to share,
    and yes, 17th is the pinnacle!
    j

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  5. ps you might just have to go back for a tee, I think you should have one; and I hope you did succumb to a plate or two!

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    1. ;))
      I so easily succumbed to 1 plastic plate, 2 mats and matching paper napkins.
      Then I bought a pastry box at the Patisserie (3€) with scenes of Versailles on it.
      Happy as a clam.

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  6. I am in complement agreement with you on the cups - both that I must have one and that I am scandalized by the price; therefore I will not have one!
    Where do those fab raspberries come from this time of year - from Chile like ours? Only much more premium looking...

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    1. There is probably a part of France equidistant with Chile...

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  7. I love your photos :)
    The doorway with the plaque, the fabulous shot down the Metro steps, and the last shot, where the green just shouts at you.
    I love the exhibit shots, too - perfect photos......

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  8. You always make me go back and take a second look ;))

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  9. Jeanne in Paris11:57 PM

    I've always loved Le Notre. The precision, the geometry of the gardens, his drawings. Just very appealing to me!

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    1. interesting.
      They are hard for me to wrap my head around. I think I prefer the British messy way of Gertrude Jekyll...the wilder, free gardens and wild flowers too.

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  10. Hemingway12:49 AM

    You're taking the best photos I've ever seen from you now!

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  11. Chris1:00 AM

    fantastic piece on Versailles and Le Notre! Love love love it. Yes 17th century. Bring it on!

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  12. Sally in PA9:40 AM

    That green in the last picture! Longing for spring in snowy PA.

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  13. Love le Notre's work and the garden he designed at Vaux le Vicomte - wasn't it the garden Louis was so jealous of that he stole le Notre to design Versailles?

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  14. Laura1:03 PM

    Nice to linger in the 17th century for awhile. Just don't trip on those long dresses and remember to carry your
    parasol.

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  15. Lynne C1:04 PM

    Loved this set..the topiary pictures are amusing...the mugs are super...and of course the desserts....I

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  16. Carolyn12:50 AM

    Carol, you must stop tempting me with the photos of the tarte aux framboises. I am truly getting desperate to have one. Love your post today. Love le Notre! Born in Tuileries gardens???? In a basket by the lavender? :))))) (Did you catch the right train :)

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    1. I took the real train from the train station not the wrong RER going the wrong way when we went together. takes 20 minutes. But there is one that takes just 13. I missed that one.
      BUY YR ENTRY TICKETS AT THE TOURIST OFFICE THERE.
      No lines!!!

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  17. All I can say is that I am soooo happy I had some raspberries in my refrigerator after reading your blog!!

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  19. This have been a real tour of France, your pictures are so beautiful !!!!!!!!! <3

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