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Jean-Baptiste Leroux has opened the doors to the Palace of Versailles

jeudi 24 mai 2018

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  • The Palace of Versailles and Trianon’s gates by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    The Palace of Versailles and Trianon’s gates by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • The Palace of Versailles and Trianon’s gates by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    The Palace of Versailles and Trianon’s gates by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • The gate of honour, on the town side by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    The gate of honour, on the town side by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux
  • The Palace of Versailles, on the park-side, view of the Water Parterre by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    The Palace of Versailles, on the park-side, view of the Water Parterre by Jean-Baptiste Leroux
    Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Jean-Baptiste Leroux has paid particular attention to the splendours found in the Versailles estate. From sunrise to sunset, the photographer-explorer has paced along the paths, to reveal the splendours of the Versailles and Trianon estates and parks. Accompanied by Mic Chambas-Ploton’s texts, a journalist for Lifestyle and an author of history books about the gardens, these photographs render the magic of these locations.

 

The Groves

The grove of the Domes, the Girandole grove and the Colonnade grove by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

(C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

By not following the central perspective and discovering Versailles going from one grove to another, the Ballroom Grove, the Queen’s Grove, the Girandole Grove, the Colonnade Grove, the Domes, Apollo’s Fountain, the Fountain Show, the Three fountains... You are taken on a sublime journey through the history and pleasure of celebration.

 

The Fountains

Apollo’s fountain, from behind, the water reservoir, Latona’s fountain and Apollo’s fountain, from the front by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

(C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

From the reservoir, to the fleur de lys shaped water spouts, the water parterres, Latona’s fountain, the Grand canal and the different water features situated along the pathways parallel to the central perspective. Each year, the Musical Fountains, the Musical Gardens and the Fountain Night Show bring these royal fountains back to life...

 

The Palace of Versailles from sunrise to sunset.

Apollo’s fountain, the Latona parterre and fountain, view from the Orangery and from the Palace of Versailles, by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

With the lighting focused on the symbolic image the Sun King wanted to give of himself (in 1700, the king’s chamber replaced the main lounge, at the heart of the palace, and was put in the sun’s axis) and the plays on perspective thought up by the landscaper André Le Nôtre.

 

Versailles, antique and romantic through its statuary.

Apollo Belvedere and the Dordogne figure, Apollo Pathos in the Mirror pool, Cupid cutting his bow from the club of Hercules and the Apollo’s fountain statues by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

The biggest open-air sculpture museum, with Apollo, Venus, Jupiter, Bacchus, the four elements, the four seasons...

 

The Palace of Versailles’ four seasons

The lake and Marlborough Tower in the Queen’s Hamlet, the Queen’s Hamlet’s dovecot under the snow, the Temple of Love from the Petit Trianon and Latona’s parterre on an autumn afternoon by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Flowers, clouds, autumn leaves...the park lets you experience the seasons with emotion.

 

The King’s vegetable garden

The Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie statue, the greenhouses, the fishers and King’s vegetable garden’s apple trees, by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

First installed for the King’s table and now part of the Ecole nationale supérieure du Paysage’s (ENSP) work plots, the King’s vegetable garden is an imaginative and original cultivation area. You can even buy the fruit and vegetables.

 

The Water Dragon

The Water Dragon by Jean-Baptiste Leroux

Photo (C) Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux / Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jean-Baptiste Leroux

With his wings of waves he plunges into the fountain’s flames that are brought to life by the sun in the middle of his distressed kingdom to light up the celebrations that inebriate his people

The vapour of his breath plates the branches he uses to build nests for his descendants and caves for the pearls he wants to save from the shipwrecks and fires on the water

Born in a crater lake through the clouds he rose up to the nearest stars he could find looking for gems where the secrets of fertile humidity can be found

The rust from his scales falls on the leaves along the paths that emerge amongst the fog and smoke whilst the moon gives way to the morning shaking along the canal’s banks

As for his trails of drool they set traps to attract children and lovers that they cover in decorations giving them ideas on how to get to the other side of the world

He takes them on his shoulders on the heat of his skin and shows them the forests and shores the mountains and islands the fountain of youth and Parnassus’ vineyard

By trading the treasure of time he delivers the foam of his beauty onto the beaches a sandman he brings sleep to the restless with precise dreams that can come true.

 

Michel Butor

For Jean-Baptiste Leroux

 

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Jean-Baptiste Leroux’s view of Versailles

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