Roses de Bagatelle: An homage to the House of Guerlain

1 - 15 March 2018
Gallery 21 Bahrain

In 1777, The Count of Artois accepted Queen Marie-Antoinette's challenge to
build a small chateau- the Chateau de Bagatelle- in the Bois de Boulogne,
Paris, within three months. The Count won the bet and the residence was
completed in only sixty-three days. Described as a 'folly', the Chateau was
renowned for its romantic scenery and exquisite rose garden within the formal
gardens- the Parc de Bagatelle- that surrounded it.
The gardens later expanded and trees planted since the end of the 18 th century
include oak, pine, sequoia and cedar. Numerous statues, a Chinese pagoda,
small bridges and grottoes adorn the landscape. Roses, irises, perennials,
clematis, peonies are in abundance throughout the area that is now one of
Paris' four botanical gardens.
In 1983, the Parc de Bagatelle, inspired Jean-Paul Guerlain's scent 'La Jardin
Bagatelle' when he envisioned 'an irresistible melody for a fulfilled and
spontaneous woman in love'.
Similarly, artist Rashid Al Khalifa's recent series 'Les Roses de Bagatelle',
inspired by the flowers of the landscape, call to mind the scent of the garden's
flora combined with a sense of nostalgia for the purity of young love.