Louis Carrogis Carmontelle: Garden at Monceau, Paris

Louis Carrogis, called Louis de Carmontelle (1717–1806), French draughtsman, painter, dramatist and landscape architect

Louis Carrogis Carmontelle (b. Paris, 15 August 1717 – d. Paris, 26 December 1806) was a French dramatist, painter, architect, set designer and author, and designer of one of the earliest examples of the French landscape gardenParc Monceau in Paris. He also invented the transparent, an early ancestor of the magic lantern and motion picture, for viewing moving bands of landscape paintings. – Louis Carrogis Carmontelle. (15 July 2020). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Carrogis_Carmontelle

Designed by Carmontelle for the Duc de Chartres, the actual garden of Monceau still survives today, though in different form, as the much-frequented Parc Monceau at the heart of Paris. The original layout of the garden, with its rich architectural and sculptural features, formed an ideal social setting for the fashionable elite shortly before the French Revolution—a watershed moment in European history that would bring to an end the glamorous lifestyle and mode of garden design reflected in this work. Carmontelle’s Jardin de Monceau is a key cultural monument in the history of European landscape design, garden architecture, and horticulture, as well as printmaking and fashion design.

Le Parc Monceau, 1877, Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848-1894)
Landscape: The Parc Monceau, 1876 by Claude Monet / Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Landscape: The Parc Monceau, 1878 by Claude Monet / Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Figures Walking in a Parkland, ca. 1783-1800, by Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle (French) / Courtesy Google Cultural Institute

Long form articles:



Garden at Monceau (Hardback)


Published by Yale University Press, United States (2020)

ISBN 10: 0300254687 ISBN 13: 9780300254686

Carmontelle (1717–1806) ou le Temps de la Douceur de Vivre: Collection les Carnets de Chantilly

Nicole Garnier-Pelle 

n11 (Dijon: Éditions Faton, 2020), 96 pages,

ISBN: 978-2878442779

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