The J. Paul Getty Museum

A View of Place Louis XV

Object Details

Title:

A View of Place Louis XV

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Alexandre-Jean Noël (French, 1752 - 1834)

Culture:

French

Date:

about 1775–1787

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

57.PA.3

Dimensions:

49.8 × 74.9 cm (19 5/8 × 29 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

The modern-day visitor to Paris would have difficulty recognizing this vista of what was then called Place Louis XV but is now Place de la Concorde. The painting was made before 1787, when construction began on the bridge that now crosses the river there. In the foreground, figures strolling along the left bank of the Seine have a clear view across the river of the grand, ceremonial space linking the Champs-Élysées, shown all the way on the left by a triumphal arch, with the Tuileries Gardens on the far right. In the center, two imposing buildings house government offices. In front of these buildings is a monumental bronze equestrian statue of Louis XV that was melted down for a cannon in 1792. As one of the great new public spaces in Paris in the 1700s, the Place de la Concorde was portrayed by many painters and engravers.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1957

Galerie Pardo (Paris, France), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1957.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution (October 24, 2008 to September 27, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), June 30 to September 27, 2009
Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment (September 12, 2016 to April 2, 2017)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), January 10 to April 2, 2017
Bibliography
Bibliography

Wescher, Paul. "The 'Place Louis XV' by Louis Moreau the Elder." Bulletin of the J. Paul Getty Museum 1, no. 1 (1957), pp. 26-29, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B. A Handbook of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1965), p. 14.

Getty, J. Paul. The Joys of Collecting (New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., 1965), pp. 31, 126-27, ill. (as Moreau the Elder).

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), p. 98, no. 134, ill.

Peck, Amelia, et al. Period Rooms in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996), p. 117, ill.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 92, ill.