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High, 2 other museums to host French exhibit
by Staff Reports
June 16, 2012 02:43 PM | 1648 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

In a news release Friday, the High Museum of Art in Midtown announced a major exhibition that explores the art, design and evolution of Paris' Tuileries Garden and its impact on artists through time will premiere at the High in November 2013.

“The Louvre and theTuileries Garden” will feature more than 100 works, some of which have never been seen outside ofFrance. Works will include large-scale sculptures from the garden that were created in the 17th through 20th centuries by artists including François-Joseph Bosio, Antoine Coysevox and Aristide Maillol, and paintings, photographs and drawings that depict the Tuileries.

The exhibition also will explore how the 63-acre garden influenced and inspired works by painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Childe Hassam and photographers such as Eugène Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson and André Kertész.

"The Louvre and the Tuileries Garden" is co-organized by the High, the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, with the collaboration of the Louvre. Following its presentation in Atlanta (November 2013 through January 2014), the exhibition will travel to Toledo (February through May 2014) and Portland (June through September 2014).

It will examine how the Tuileries, which extends from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde, evolved from its beginnings as an outdoor museum for French royalty to its role as one of the first public gardens in Europe, after which it served as both subject and inspiration for artists working in Paris.

Presented on the occasion of the 400th birthday of André Le Nôtre (1613-1700), “The Louvre and the Tuileries Garden” also celebrates the man who was commissioned by Louis XIV in 1664 to expand and transform the Tuileries into a formal French garden. One of the first public gardens in Europe, Tuileries was originally created in 1564 by Catherine de Medici as the garden for theTuileriesPalace, which no longer exists.

“Serving as an inspiration for artists, architects and urban planners, the Tuileries Garden is one of the world’s most beloved but under-recognized masterpieces,” said High Director Michael E. Shapiro. “As one of the earliest urban greenspaces and public parks, the Tuileries has been the model for formal public gardens in the U.S.and worldwide. This exhibition gives us a chance to tell an exciting story about the relationship between art, gardens, artists and the public.”

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