The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Exhibition Entering Final Days at Toledo Museum of Art

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Less than a month remains to see works of art from and inspired by the most famous park in Paris on view at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden presents a rare chance to experience the design and art of a pivotal Parisian public space. The exhibition, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Muséedu Louvre, ends on Mother’s Day, May 11.

“After a long, harsh winter, the Toledo Museum of Art…offers a perfect escape,” according to the Indianapolis Star. WWJ-TV, CBS Detroit picked the The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden for its Best Date Ideas for Art Lovers list, noting, “This special exhibition is worth the hour drive to Toledo.”

More than 100 works related to the garden are on display, including large-scale sculpture, paintings, photographs, prints and architectural models. On loan from the vast collections of the Louvre, as well as the MuséeCarnavalet, the Palace of Versailles, and other museums and private lenders, many have never before been exhibited outside Paris.

The garden has served as a muse to artists for more than four centuries. Sculptors punctuated the greenery with their renderings of Greek and Roman myths. Painters, like Impressionists Camille Pissarro and Childe Hassam, looked upon the Tuileries from high vistas and captured its visitors through their energetic brush strokes. And photographers from Brassaï to Henri Cartier-Bresson shot the garden in the 20th century, transmitting its magic through their lenses. Their works are among the many that are examined in this exhibition.

Originally commissioned in 1564 by dowager queen Catherine de Medici, the Tuileries was created to serve as the adjacent garden to her magnificent palace. The garden served as the struggling widow’s playground for hosting lavish parties that would establish her influence amid European nobility.

The palace stood until 1871, when it was burned during a violent uprising in Paris, leading to its eventual demolition in 1882. During its prime, many of French history’s most extravagant characters lived there and strolled through its garden, among them Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. The exhibition explores the garden’s storied past, as well as its art.

“It’s a splendid moment for both institutions—the Toledo Museum of Art and the Louvre,” said Museum Director Brian Kennedy. “This collaboration offers a rare chance to bring the magic of the Tuileries to Toledo.”

The exhibition is presented locally in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and Taylor Cadillac. It is also supported in part by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and Toledo Museum of Art members.

Admission to the exhibition is free for Toledo Museum of Art members. For nonmembers, tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors 65 and older.

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