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Gardens at Le Château de Gourdon

A very special photograph. The most wondrous gardens perched against the mountainous flank of Le Château de Gourdon. The slightly hazy valley adds to the charm.

Le Château de Gourdon is in proximity of Saint Paul de Vence in the Provence region of France. Le Château de Gourdon is perched on an almost uninhabitable mountain top. The castle's gardens were designed by Le Notre, Louix XIV's gardener who also did Versailles park.

The picture shows the very precise hard work done by the gardeners, resulting in the geometrical shapes of the trees and golf like lawn, and the view of the impressive canyon below the garden. The two gardeners, feeling the heat of the summer season, add a human touch to the picture.

Inside the castle is an impressive collection of early 20th century design with a focos on French furniture designers Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann and Pierre Chareau.

The current owners of Le Château de Gourdon have a great appreciation for good design. They have created a museum inside which displays the work by famous designers including Pierre Chareau, Francis Jourdain, Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann, Jean Dunand, Eileen Gray, Pierre Legrain, Louis Majorelle, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jean-Francois Leleu, Alfons Mucha, Marcel Breuer, Jean Puiforcat, etc.

Le Château de Gourdon