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Le Notre - Le Brun - Le Vau
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Author:  Lilly [ Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Le Notre - Le Brun - Le Vau

The King's trio. These three men are well worth mentioning in relation to this thread. King Louis XIV chose them himself to create Versailles. It is to their genius and vision(and their ability to work together to make this happen) whom we owe our gratitude as we are awestruck at the sight of this masterpiece. Funny how the King found out how good they were together - Vaux Le Vicomte. The finance minister Nicolas Fouquet built this chateau and when the King saw it, he tossed Fouquet in prison and enlisted Fouquet's team to build Versailles for him.

Andre' Le Notre 1613-1700
Landscape Architech Appointed Head Gardener at the Tuilleries in 1637, eventually taking over all France's royal gardens. Died at 87.

Charles Le Brun 1619-1690
First Painter to King Louis XIV and considered the most important painter in 17th century France. He was responsible for the decoration of Versailles and created the Hall of Mirrors. Interestingly enough, he was the Great Uncle of Madame Vigee-Le Brun's husband.

Louis Le Vau 1612-1670
First Architech for Louis XIV. Versailles along with many other notable works can be attributed to him.

Of course, there are many others we can add to the list - such as Mansart, Gabriel, Mique..........

Author:  Anouk [ Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Le Notre - Le Brun - Le Vau

Thank you, Lilly! So they are the responsible for these beauties called Versailles Castles.

Author:  Christophe [ Sat Feb 06, 2010 7:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Le Notre - Le Brun - Le Vau

I remember reading (long time ago) a book on French architecture which mentioned that Le Notre and Le Vau did not always agree with Louis XIV on his "visions." Le Vau campaigned for the old Chateau at Versailles to be demolished and to start afresh, while Louis XIV wished to preserve his father's construction and build his palace around the original building. As might be expected, Louis got his way.

Le Notre hated Louis XIV's stone constructions in the gardens. The story goes, that after being away for a short time, Le Notre returned to Versailles to find that the King had built the grand colonnade in the gardens. Le Notre (dryly) remarked, "Congratulations, Sire. You have turned masons into gardeners."

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