The most famous of the French art schools is the “Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts”, which you can find just across the Seine from the Louvre (Rue Bonaparte), created in 1648. Among the students here you can find names like Gericault, Degas, Delacroix, Fragonard, Ingres, Monet, Moreau, Renoir, Seurat, Sisley.... Previously architecture was also taught here, but is now separated.
The school covers today a large area with several buildings, the most ancient ones being some remainders of an old convent (“Petits-Augustins”), which was also after the Revolution and until 1816 used as a museum for monuments, old castle and church decorations and also statues, several of which you can still find in the old Chapel and all around the place (the statues are in general copies).
There are a number of buildings, including some more recent ones and also a previous private mansion (“hotel particulier”), Hôtel de Chimay from the 17th century with Mansart as architect.
The most remarkable building is perhaps the “Palais des Etudes” (the “Study Palace”) from 1839, recently restored. You can visit it; there are some remarkable libraries. Some empty pedestals will soon receive statues (back from temporary “storage” at Versailles). On the middle of the floor is at the moment exposed a tree, cut in two by one of the school’s present teachers, Giuseppe Penone. (Another tree by him can be found in the Tuileries Gardens – see previous post.)
Walking around in the backyards, you will of course also find some tagging.
Special thanks to Alice, who recommended me to make this visit!
I wish you a nice weekend!