Tradition and innovation in French garden art : chapters of a new history /
edited by John Dixon Hunt and Michel Conan ; with the assistance of Claire Goldstein.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2002.
viii, 242 p. : ill., maps.
0812236343 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2002.
0812236343 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Papers from a symposium held at the University of Pennsylvania.
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All 12 chapters in this illuminating book were first presented as papers at a symposium organized at the University of Pennsylvania. Editors Hunt and Conan, recognizing the absence of any modern history of the French garden, sought to fill this gap. Although the essays begin with the "golden age" of Andre Le Notre (Elizabeth Hyde, Chandra Mukerji, F. Hamilton Hazlehurst), they continue with research on 18th-century gardens (Richard Cleary, Yves Luginbuhl, David L. Hays, Joseph Disponzio) and new insights into the 19th century (Michel Baridon, Michel Conan), and conclude with a "renaissance" of innovation from the 20th century to the present (George Dodds, John Dixon Hunt, Bernard Lassus). Hunt makes clear that a "continuous" history of progress and improvement is not the purport of this book; rather, each author focuses on a "significant moment" relative to the development of many cultural concerns, including engineering and optics, bourgeois ethics, and the rise of professional landscape practice. The body of French garden literature, so eloquently enhanced over the past few decades by Hunt's own research, is here carried to a new height and breadth in one seminal volume. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. S. C. Scott McDaniel College
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Table of Contents
The Cultivation of a King, or the Flower Gardens of Louis XIVp. 1
Engineering and French Formal Gardens in the Reign of Louis XIVp. 22
Jules Hardouin Mansart and Andre Le Nostre at Dampierrep. 44
Making Breathing Room: Public Gardens and City Planning in Eighteenth-Century Francep. 68
The Tree: Rural Tradition and Landscape Innovation in the Eighteenth Centuryp. 82
Francesco Bettini and the Pedagogy of Garden Design in Late Eighteenth-Century Francep. 93
The Garden of the Perfectibilists: Mereville and the Desert de Retzp. 121
Jean-Marie Morel and the Invention of Landscape Architecturep. 135
The Coming of Age of the Bourgeois Gardenp. 160
Freedom from the Garden: Gabriel Guevrekian and a New Territory of Experiencep. 184
Reinventing the Parisian Parkp. 203
Stories for Tomorrowp. 221
List of Contributorsp. 235
Indexp. 237
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