Musee Rodin
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Where Art and Nature Combine

June 14, 2021

Paris has a plethora of historic gardens and parks, full of mysterious corners to sate your appetite for art. Public green spaces still play a vital role in French life, and have been enjoyed as open-air salons since the transformation of the city during the Second Empire.
Statue in Jardin des Tuileries garden

Jardin des Tuileries

Designed by landscape architect André Le Nôtre, this green space of more than 55 acres adjoining the Louvre opened to the public in the 17th century. Filled with fountains, terraces, and magnificent sculptures, its name refers to the tile factories which occupied this place from the medieval period, before Queen Catherine de’ Medici built the Palais des Tuileries and an Italian garden on its west side. Now listed as a World Heritage Site, it inspired Édouard Manet’s “Music in the Tuileries” and is full of ancient and modern statues, from Antoine Coysevox’s “winged horses” to Jean Dubuffet’s “Le Bel Costumé” and Auguste Rodin’s famous “Kiss.” It’s an important locus for contemporary art, qualifying as an open-air museum.

Place de la Concorde, 75001 Paris, France

Jardin du Luxembourg

On the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Jardin du Luxembourg sits beneath the watchful eye of the neoclassical Palais du Luxembourg, commissioned by Marie de’ Medici in 1612 who wished to have a palace and gardens reminiscent of her childhood in Florence. The gardens themselves split into the French and English gardens sit either side of a large circular pond and encased in a wooded surround. Overflowing with flowers and trees today, the gardens are dotted with statues and sculptures, including Auguste Rodin’s “Stendhal”, Boleslaw Syrewicz’s “Chopin”, and Pierre Felix Masseau’s “Baudelaire”.

Rue de Médicis – Rue de Vaugirard – 75006 Paris

Jardin du Luxembourg
Musee Rodin building with flowers and tree

Musée Rodin

Auguste Rodin lived in Hotel Biron from 1908, and donated all his works so they could be shown in place at this mansion. The gardens of the Musée Rodin overlook the gold dome of Les Invalides monument and stretch over three hectares. The house some of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, from “The Thinker”, a majestic bronze sculpture showing a nude man resting on his chin in contemplation atop a rock, near the rose bushes, while amid the trees, “Orpheus” tunes his lyre. Other famous sculptures found at the Musée Rodin include “The Gates of Hell”, “Balzac”, and “Bourgeois de Calais”.

77 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris

Monet’s House in Giverny

Monet didn’t only transfer his visionary ambitions onto canvas; he also created a splendid home and gardens in Giverny, where he lived with his family for 43 years. He created two gardens: a flower garden and a water garden inspired by the Japanese prints he collected. Central to the water garden was a blue-green bridge that was built by local craftsmen and surrounded by wisterias, and which inspired his Japanese bridge series. The series captured the shifting light and movement that so epitomised the Impressionist movement, and Monet’s position as it’s talismanic leader.

84 Rue Claude Monet, 27620 Giverny

Monet's House in Giverny with full bloom flower
Parc de Versailles

Parc de Versailles

The main residence of the French Kings from the time of Louis XIV to Louis XVI, the Palais de Versailles, located on the outskirts of Paris, has a park covering 800 hectares. Developed by landscape architect André Le Nôtre in 1661, it comprises The Orangerie (built by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart), the 1,670 metres-long Grand Canal, French gardens, the Estate of Marie-Antoinette, and over 30 fountains. Some of the most well-known fountains include the Apollo fountain, which shows Apollo riding his chariot, and Latona’s fountain, which was inspired by Ovid’s The Metamorphoses. It tells the story of the mother of Apollo and Diana, Latona, who asks Jupiter to avenge her in protecting her children from the Lycian peasants’ insults. Jupiter turns the inhabitants into frogs and lizards, which are shown here squirting water out of their mouths.

Place d’Armes 78000 Versailles

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