Bassin de Neptune, Versailles

Media - 1974.69.18 - SAAM-1974.69.18_1 - 53593
Copied Carroll Beckwith, Bassin de Neptune, Versailles, 1913, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution, 1974.69.18
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Artwork Details

Title
Bassin de Neptune, Versailles
Date
1913
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2420 in. (60.950.8 cm.)
Credit Line
Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution
Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape — France — Versailles
  • Landscape — park — Versailles Gardens
Object Number
1974.69.18

Artwork Description

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.

Luce Object Quote

“[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