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  • Workshop of Bernard Palissy or Jean Sejourne

    Workshop of Bernard Palissy or Jean Sejourne

    French, 1510-1590
    Nine Frogs from a Fountain (Neuf grenouilles de fontaine), ca. 1550-1610
    Glazed terracotta
    Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Sculptures, section Histoire du Louvre, ENT 1989-23, ENT 1989-43 through ENT 1989-50
    © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY

    Queen Catherine de' Medici commissioned the potter and naturalist Bernard Palissy to create decorative elements for her garden, including fountains and a fanciful grotto, or artificial cave. Palissy went to great lengths to recreate features of the natural world in his work. The mold for these frogs was made by taking a live frog, soaked in vinegar or urine to sedate it, and setting it in clay.

    Gaston de La Touche, A Water Fountain in the Tuileries, Ca. 1890-1913
    Gaston de La Touche
    French, 1854-1913
    A Water Fountain in the Tuileries, Ca. 1890-1913
    Oil on canvas
    Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 2256
    Photo: Hervé Lewandowski

    The Tuileries Garden lies at the heart of Paris, spanning the area between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. For centuries, it has served as a gathering place for Parisians and visitors.

    Created at the behest of Queen Catherine de' Medici, the garden initially accompanied the Tuileries Palace, which was destroyed in the 1871 uprising known as the Paris Commune. Originally, the garden was reserved exclusively for royalty, but starting in the late seventeenth century, it became increasingly accessible to the public.

    Art has played a critical role in the history of the Tuileries Garden. The Garden has inspired generations of artists and has also functioned as an outdoor museum, with works from the classical to the contemporary dotting its vast grounds. This exhibition presents works by Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and others who have taken inspiration from the iconic Parisian landmark, as well as sculpture from the garden never before seen in the United States.

    Organization & Support
    The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, with the special collaboration of the musée du Louvre.

    This exhibition is made possible by Lead Patron Anne Cox Chambers, the Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Endowment Fund, and the Friends of the Tuileries Garden. Additional support is provided by SunTrust.

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