Van Gogh's Ear is an in depth look at famous artists on their birthday. A post will be made each day about a famous artist, his/her art, interesting facts, personal experiences, etc. on their birthday. So, lend me your ear...
Landscape with Snow (1888)
Painted in February of 1888, Van Gogh painted the dreary furrowed fields of winter. A lone figure with his dog trudge toward home. Located in the Guggenheim, I was moved to view this painting this past weekend.
Happy Birthday Andre le Lenotre!! Today we look at a landscape architect for the first time, French born in 1613. Specializing in formal gardens, Lenotre was the prime gardener for King Louis the XIV, responsible for the gardens at the Palace of Versailles. He also designed the formal gardens (covering 63 acres) of the Palace Tuileries, expanding westward, creating the famed avenue Champs-Elysees still in existence today. The Champs-Elysees is the basis of the Axe historique, which is a series of monuments, buildings and roadways radiating from the center of Paris. The gardens exist still today, though the palace burned in 1871. Below, the Gardens before the palace burned and the same view today. You are looking toward the Louvre. Behind you is the Arc de Triomphe.
I am an art educator, 26 years in the profession. An avid art history buff, I love traveling all over the world seeking out personal favorites. I am a watercolorist, ceramic sculptor, weaver and also work with handmade paper and artist books. I also work in collaboraion with my husband, Craig, who is a metal sculptor.