Atmosphere of Parc Monceau, Paris
Known as one of the most attractive parks in Paris, Park Monceau, the brainchild of the Duke of Orleans in the 18th century, has become a favorite resting place for those looking for some peace and quiet away from the busy city.
With its pretty flower gardens and interesting array of statues, visitors to the City of Light often include it on their itinerary.
In 1769, the Duke of Chartres (later the Duke of Orleans) purchased a small parcel of land on which he hoped to build a garden. A pavilion was built in the center and the Duke planned to expand the area throughout the next decade.
The Duke hired Louis Carrogis Carmontelle to design the gardens in an English style. Such gardens are much less formal than the traditional French garden, which is what distinguished it from many other parks in Paris. Carmontelle added random sculpture of famous Frenchmen as well as small-scale architectural features such as a windmill, pyramid, and some Corinthian pillars.
When the Duke was executed in 1793 during the French Revolution, the garden reverted to public ownership. Before it was sold to the city of Paris in 1860, a grand rotunda was built in the center of the park. Also during this time, landscape architect Thomas Blaikie was hired to redesign the park. He removed some of the sculpture and other structures and created a more traditional French formal garden.
When the city purchased Park Monceau, half of it was preserved and the other half used for the construction of new homes, which still line the park. The public garden was opened in 1861 by Napoleon III.
Between 1876 and 1878, French Impressionist Claude Monet created a total of five paintings of the park, all of which are quite well-known among fans of the style.
Visiting Park Monceau Today
Park Monceau, though it is now more traditional in nature, still boasts a number of elements that were added throughout the century. Visitors can still see the Duke’s pyramid as well as other elements added under Napoleon III, such as a grotto and waterfall. Visitors enter through four monumental iron gates, which were added much later and designed by Davioud.
Park Monceau is a favorite with children as a number of playgrounds can be found here. The flower gardens are also well-known and are an ideal place for a morning or evening stroll. You’ll also find a number of locals enjoying their lunch here each afternoon.
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lousat (76910) 2012-09-26 1:50
Hi George,nice composition whit the street lamp on the right,perfect to break the perspective,excellent light and the usual perfect details and colors.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (49292) 2012-09-26 2:04
Very fine park scene. I like the POV and the colors, well composed image.
Have a nice day.
snunney (83769) 2012-09-26 2:27
The green lamp post makes a splendid frame and along with the path helps direct the viewer toward the rotunda in the background. Pleasant natural tones and some interesting shadow play. Looks a very pleasant place for a stroll.
timecapturer (48740) 2012-09-26 3:14
we both have a lamppost theme today. Our two shots could not be more different though. Yours is full of colour and gloriously managed light. Lovely summery atmosphere here and beautifully detailed. Excellent!
Regards - Brian.
mohammad_H (9344) 2012-09-26 3:19
Very nice picture with good frame
Capture the wonderful sky photo
Sky color scheme and attractive colors
Have a nice day
Sergiom (60070) 2012-09-26 5:56
Un beau cadrage vertical qui place bien le lampadaire dans l'image et qui offre une belle perspective sur le dôme, le tout sous un très beau ciel parisien.
kordinator (17578) 2012-09-26 6:52
Wonderful architecture,nice vegetation.
Great play of light and shadows.
Work for praise.
tedesse (25133) 2012-09-26 11:32
An interesting scene in the park Monceau. Good POV and colors, very well composed picture.
Have a good night
cornejo (31514) 2012-09-26 12:05
Hello György, very nice picture of this beautiful sight in the park. Very good and nice picture with clarity, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good and nice job perfectly done. Congratulations my friend, TFS.
Good night and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
siamesa (27741) 2012-09-26 13:53
Boa noite George
Very beautiful place and an excellent photo in this vertical form.I like the frame.
Sonata11 (33251) 2012-09-26 19:32
very beautiful composition of this beautiful architecture, daily life, nature from fantastic POV. Magnificent photo job with flawlessly executed. Perfectly well done. I love it a lot. Thank you.
All the best,
TopGeo (38202) 2012-09-26 22:51
Very fine park scene of city Paris. Α composition with the street lamp on the right Nice detailed image pleasant for look at.
Excellent composition, good presentation too. Very, very impressive photo, very atmospheric, with a beautiful peaceful feeling! Technically with perspective and clarity! Wonderful architecture,and daily life Great play of light and shadows.
macjake (56582) 2012-10-02 14:20
as for these tall lamp posts, i can see why people at first always avoid them in photographes, but here you show us why its great to include them too.
it certainly provides height and depth, and acts as a secondary focal point too.
great to see the blue sky as an attractive contrast.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-26 1:44