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Encyclopedia > Louis Le Vau

Louis Le Vau (16121670) was a French architect who worked for Louis XIV of France.


He was born and died in Paris.


His most notable works include the Palace of Versailles and his collaboration with Claude Perrault on the Louvre. He was responsible, with André Le Nôtre and Charles Le Brun, for the redesign of the château of Vaux-le-Vicomte. His other works included the Château de Vincennes, the Institut de France (College of Four-Nations), the church of St. Sulpice.

Other works include:

  • Hôtel Lambert, on the Île Saint-Louis, Paris

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Louis Le Vau Biography | Encyclopedia of World Biography (590 words)
The French architect Louis Le Vau (1612-1670) was one of the creators of the French classical style, which dominated the academic architecture of the 17th century.
Louis Le Vau was born in Paris, the son of a master mason of the same name.
Le Vau collaborated closely at Vaux with the painter-decorator Charles Le Brun and the landscape architect André Le Nôtre.
Ballon, Hilary (1147 words)
Le Vau was under tremendous pressure as a result of the demands put on him for the Collège (and after rejection of his project for the Louvre) by an authoritarian Colbert who was uninformed, indeed insecure about his judgment on matters of style.
Le Vau received a pension of 6,000 livres as first architect, and he was paid only 1,000 livres for the plans for the Collège, a paltry sum for such a work.
Le Vau's library is that a of a quite well-educated person for whom architecture was a general element along with lay and profane classics, architecture and mathematics treatises, history (Davila), and recent literary works by Madeline Scudéry, Chapelain and La Calprenède.
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