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The world of André Le Nôtre

Author: Thierry Mariage
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©1999.
Series: Penn studies in landscape architecture.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Gardens of Versailles - along with the name of their chief creator, Andre Le Notre - have become synonymous with the French style of "formal" garden. This style in its turn would succumb to another "national" mode, the English school of naturalistic and picturesque landscapes. But as Thierry Mariage makes clear in this detailed and lucid book, the garden style that Le Notre brought to perfection need not be seen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre; André Le Nôtre
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thierry Mariage
ISBN: 0812234685 9780812234688
OCLC Number: 39522880
Description: xv, 144 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Foreword / John Dixon Hunt --
1. Establishment of the Classic Landscape. Mutations of the Seigneurial Residence. Protectionist Policies and Economic Planning. The Rehabilitation of the French Nobility --
2. The Generation of Planners. The Milieu and Corporation of Gardeners. Practical Geometry and Measuring Instruments. Conceptions of Landscape --
3. Theory and Forms of the French Garden. From Agronomy to Aesthetics. The Precepts of Boyceau de la Baraudiere. Symbolism of the Classic Garden and Origins of the Constitutive Parts. Some Gardens from the First Half of the Seventeenth Century. Critical Analysis of Courances. The Originality of Vaux. Fragments of Le Notre's Theory and Typical Features of His Style --
4. Parks, Forests, and Planning.
Series Title: Penn studies in landscape architecture.
Other Titles: Univers de Le Nostre.
Responsibility: Thierry Mariage ; translated by Graham Larkin ; foreword by John Dixon Hunt.

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The Gardens of Versailles - along with the name of their chief creator, Andre Le Notre - have become synonymous with the French style of "formal" garden. This style in its turn would succumb to another "national" mode, the English school of naturalistic and picturesque landscapes. But as Thierry Mariage makes clear in this detailed and lucid book, the garden style that Le Notre brought to perfection need not be seen in opposition to the later "English" one; rather, he claims, they represent two points along a continuum that exists between the natural and cultural worlds. He situates Le Notre's garden art in a complex social and cultural world, where the practices of land management, surveying techniques and hydrology, military practice, and both scientific and literary perspectives on land use and experience brought into being a unique form of landscape architecture. His analysis opens up the fashion in which design techniques and garden philosophy are shaped by material culture.

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