Bassin de Neptune, Versailles

  • Carroll Beckwith, Bassin de Neptune, Versailles, 1913, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution, 1974.69.18

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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.

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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

Title
Bassin de Neptune, Versailles
Artists
Date
1913
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
24 x 20 in. (60.9 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – France – Versailles
  • Landscape – park – Versailles Gardens
  • Monument – fountain – Bassin de Neptune
Object Number
1974.69.18
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