The Tuileries and Champs-Elysees, Paris, 1900 by 20x200 Artist Fund
In the newsletter, Jennifer writes:
Before we discuss what we see, let’s first examine what we don’t see and the dramatic role this location has played in the life of the City of Lights. The garden was created to complement the Tuilieries Palace, which was built by patron-of-the-arts Catherine de Medici and stood opposite what is now the main building of the Louvre. At various times, the palace served as the home away from home for a succession of King Louis-es, most notoriously Louis XVI, whose family was made to live there for two years during the French Revolution. Napoleon Bonaparte also took up residence during his reign, but the palace was sacked repeatedly in the following years before being burned to the ground in 1871. History seeps through the ground here—plans to rebuild the palace were bandied about as recently as 2006.