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Bassin de Neptune, Versailles

1913 Carroll Beckwith Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on canvas 24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution 1974.69.18 Not currently on view


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“[I] am now thinking of Versailles and wondering if I cannot paint something there in the park that would be interesting.” Carroll Beckwith, 1911, quoted in Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999

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James Carroll Beckwith painted this scene of the Neptune Fountain during one of several trips he made to Versailles. There was a movement at the time to restore the grandeur of the French palace, which may have inspired Beckwith to paint scenes of the gardens there. (Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999) In this painting, Beckwith captured the splendor of Versailles at the height of midsummer in the watery reflection of the trees and green knolls, and the yellow light that dances on the surface of the classical statues.

Keywords

Landscape - France - Versailles

Landscape - park - Versailles Gardens

Monument - fountain - Bassin de Neptune

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Carroll Beckwith

Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917

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