Deux Musées à Paris...

Today in Paris we will visit...

The Carnavalet Museum dedicated to the history of the city. The museum occupies two neighboring mansions: the Hôtel Carnavalet and the former Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau. On the advice of Baron Haussmann, the civil servant who transformed Paris in the latter half of the 19th century, the Hôtel Carnavalet was purchased by the Municipal Council of Paris in 1866; it was opened to the public in 1880. By the latter part of the 20th century, the museum was bursting at the seams. The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau was annexed to the Canavalet and opened to the public in 1989. (via Wikipedia)

Let's go in the courtyard, a magnificent sculpture of Louis XIV, the Sun King, will greets us...

The History of Hôtel Carnavalet...

In 1548, Jacques des Ligneris, President of the Parliament of Paris, ordered the construction of the mansion that came to be known as the Hôtel Carnavalet; construction was completed about 1560. In 1578, the widow of Francois de Kernevenoy, later known as Carnavalet, purchased the building. In 1654, the mansion was bought by Claude Boislève, who commissioned the well-known architect, François Mansart, to make extensive renovations. Madame de Sévigné, famous for her letter-writing, lived in the Hôtel Carnavalet from 1677 until her death in 1696. (via Wikipedia)

The History of the Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau...

The Hôtel Le Peletier de Saint Fargeau was also built in the middle of the 16th century. It was originally known as the Hôtel d’Orgeval. It was purchased by Michel Le Peletier and passed on eventually to his grandson, Michel-Étienne. Michel-Étienne Peletier was a representative of the nobility in the Estates General (which was convoked by King Louis XVI in 1789 in response to public outcries about issues such as the failing economy). In 1793, Peletier voted for the execution of the king. He was murdered, in revenge for his vote, on January 20, 1793. (via Wikipedia)

and inspired by these gardens... Mary asked that I paint them for her WINNING PAINTING of PARIS... I hope she likes this... Andddd here are some more lovely views of the garden...


NOW off you go to visit other OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY participants via Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer!

See you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday... we will be off to Normandy in search of YOUR stolen table!!!

Garden photos via Wikipedia and Google search for Paris gardens.

17 comments:

Frau said...

Well done your painting is beautiful. I love the gardens.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

such a lovely post, Fifi! thank you for your guided tour! xo

Bonnie said...

Beautiful,Fifi! I love the garden.
Have a great day!

Cyn said...

Your interpretive painting is so much prettier than the photo. Well done.

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely history and photos, darling FF! And of course your painting is spectacular too!

xoxox,
CC

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Fifi The painting is beautiful!! I love it! THank you so much!! I thought afterwards that it was probably quite silly of me not to have the Eiffel Tower or Norte Dame or some other famous part of Paris painted but I am such a garden lover and when I saw the gardens at Carnavalet Museum I simply had to have this peaceful lovely view. I imagined myself meandering through soaking in every architectural and garden detail. You painted it to a T!!!

blessings
mary

Savvy Gal said...

Fifi, I am sighing as I read your post.

Carey said...

Fifi, that painting is one of your best! Beautiful job, and lucky Mary!

Jeanie said...

OK, I have to catch up on your Paris posts! I wrote about my time at Carnavalet back onthe Gypsy in June, and now I'm having France withdrawal! Aren't those gardens lovely? Small, but so lovely!

Janie's World said...

So beautiful! I've never heard of this place, it has such a beautiful garden!

Beverlyh said...

Magnificent. The architecture leaves me speechless. And, those gardens. Ah!!!

Jacqueline said...

What a lovely place. I didn't go there when I was in Paris.....and your painting is delightful and a lovely impression of it. XXXX

Draffin Bears said...

Beautiful painting Fifi.
Almost seemed like I was right there in the magnificent gardens.

hugs
Carolyn

Petergaye S. Kisielewicz/ Yahgie said...

Love your blog so cute :=)

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Oh, the gardens are magnificent and your interpretation of them even more so!

Ms. Tee said...

Your painting is lovely! I'd really like to see that garden maze in person!

Lipstick said...

Thank you for sharing your photos and your art....I just get lost in them. Instant relaxation.

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