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In "The Garden," British poet Andrew Marvell (1621-1878) imagined it as a place for place for contemplating the beauty of nature, albeit a highly cultivated version. As anyone who has ever donned a pair of gardening gloves knows there is a world of work that goes into cultivating that serenity.
Jean-Baptiste Leroux was born in Touraine, France. The Loire River meanders through the region and this geographical happenstance, made it a favorite of Renaissance French kings. During the Hundred Years' War, Torraine became the seat of king, safely away from Paris. For its many elegant chateaus, the region was nicknamed "the Garden of France/"
The young photographer Leroux made that journey in reverse.. In Paris he became the director of the Nikon Gallery in Saint-Germain-des-Pres. After meeting the owner of the nearby Chateau de Courance, Leroux began to exhibit his garden photographs. His favorite subjectss are gardens and architecture. His eponymous Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux is part of the Reunion of French National Museums.
Image: Jena-Baptiste Leroux - Potager, undated, color positive photography, Collection Jean-Baptiste Leroux, Paris.