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André Le Notre: King Louis XIV's gardener - Jacques Vichet - France



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André Le Notre: King Louis XIV's gardener (André Le Notre, le jardinier du roi, 2014)

Director: Jacques Vichet


Every year, millions of visitors visit the splendid gardens of Versailles, and a million more have them on their “to visit” list. But few have ever known the history behind them: who was the mastermind that created such a magnificent, artistic landscape? Eurochannel invites you to discover the life of one of the most acclaimed French gardeners: André Le Notre.

Directed by Jacques Vichet — the man behind Eurochannel’s acclaimed documentaries about Versailles, The Loire Valley Chateaux, Ile-de-France Castles, The Greatest Wines in the World, and many others — André Le Notre reveals the fascinating life of the most famous French landscape artist.

Filmed in high definition, this documentary offers a dazzling promenade across some of the most stunning French landscapes, including the gardens of Vaux le Vicomte, Chantilly and Fontainebleau, the Tuileries in Paris, and his grand masterpiece, the gardens of Versailles.

André Le Notre not only shows the artist’s work but also digs into his life and manner of work, explaining through experts and historians how Le Notre introducedanew, systematicapproach, drawingon thelaws ofopticalperspective. Finally, it is shown how hisworkbecametheabsolutereference for French-stylegardens,imitatedand acclaimed throughoutEurope.

Eurochannel welcomes you to an entertaining documentary to discover the king of gardeners and the gardener of kings!


André Le Notre is certainly the most famous French gardener. He was also drawer, architect, engineer, landscape artist and urbanist. He worked for Louis XIV from 1645 until 1700 and designed the gardens of Versailles, Vaux le Vicomte, Chantilly and Fontainebleau,as well as the Tuileries in Paris.

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