A Masterful Balance

This etching, a screen design by great artist François Boucher, is iconic for its inclusion of the French word rocaille. In the eighteenth century, rocaille referred to the irregular rockwork that was used to embellish picturesque grottos and garden fountains but the word has since come to be synonymous with the rococo as a style. The design exemplifies the fanciful profusion of flora and fauna characteristic of the period. Sinuous plant forms asymmetrically frame a fountain encrusted with shells. Below, two monkeys squabble beside a flowing pool of water.
François Boucher, Claude-Augustin Duflos, rocaille, engraving, print, screens, rococo, gardens, fountains, Rococo: The Continuing Curve

I Wish I Had Been There!!

Between 1909 and 1948, the Grand Palais near the Champs-Elysées in Paris featured  remarkable decorative interiors which housed automotive, aeronautical and many other types of trade shows. For the buildings and other structures of the Paris Colonial Exposition of 1931, decorative lighting helped create a unity among the diverse architectures.
lighting, André Granet, Smithsonian Libraries, Décors Éphémères, fountains, fireworks, lighting exhibitions, Grand Palais, lumière, Colonial Exposition of 1931

Fountains: Splash and Spectacle

This exhibition celebrations fountains— as urban oases, refreshments, spectacles, and landmarks. Drawings, prints, photographs, and video present fountains from 17th century Rome and 18th century Versailles to modern fountains such as the civil rights memorial and works by Philip Johnson and Isamu Noguchi.
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