Parisian memoirs

Picture making 101…lines, marks, texture, emotion and wonder. Could there have been a more beautiful environment available for the Impressionists than the gardens of France?

Drawing by Michele, medium: watercolor, pen and ink, water-soluble crayon

Location: The Tuileries is Paris’ oldest and most lavish garden. Its royal roots stretch to the 16th century, when Marie de Medicis commissioned a palace behind the Louvre. Henry IV and Louis XIV would pursue construction and the palace housed the last monarchs of France, until it was burned down in 1871. The elaborate royal gardens remained.

Today, the gardens are the starting point of a gorgeous and edifying walk from the Louvre to the Champs-Elysées, forming what is referred to as the “triumphant line”. The gardens also feature sumptuous sculptures by Rodin and Maillol and eye-catching, artful symmetry.

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