Photographer's Note

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(I) Nicolas Fouquet (1615-1680) conceived the château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, as Superintendent of Finances for Louis XIV (1638-1715) and patron of the arts. The construction of the edifice began in 1556 and was accomplished finally in 1661. Fouquet employed three artistic geniuses and 18,000 men to work in collaboration for the first time on the Baroque château and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte situated 55 km SE of Paris in Melun.

(II) The father of Nicolas Fouquet was a state counsellor and was also a great collector of all sorts of antiques and curiosities from around the world. His library was one of the largest in the capital with some 15,000 volumes of books and, geographic and astronomical maps. Nicolas Fouquet spent a great deal of his time among the richness of his father’s collection at home. It is perhaps this environment, which affected the growth of his most extraordinary esthetical sensibility to become one of the most fascinating personalities of this era. The painting over the fireplace is a portrait of Fouquet himself. The interior of the château was decorated by painter and interior designer Charles Le Brun.

(III) These are the artists who shaped the architectural language of the era of the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638-1715). If it were not for Fouquet, with his most extraordinary taste in artistic talents, even the Château de Versailles would not have existed in the way it does today. It was the existence of Vaux-le-Vicomte with three artistic geniuses chosen by Fouquet, which inspired the young Louis to undertake the most ambitious architectural project of his period.

Louis Le Vau (architect), 1612 – 11 October 1670
Andre Le Notre (landscape architect) 12 March 1613 – 15 September 1700
Charles Le Brun (painter and interior designer) 24 February 1619 – 2 February 1690

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