View of the Château de Fontainebleau from the White Horse Courtyard

View of the Château de Fontainebleau from the White Horse Courtyard - château de Fontainebleau - © RMN Grand Palais

1833
Oil on paper marouflaged on canvas
H. 34.5 cm;L. 51.5 cm
Fontainebleau, National Museum of the Château, F. 1998.2

A student of Baron Taylor and Abel de Pujol at the École des Beaux-Arts, Pierre-Justin Ouvrié took part in the Salon from 1831, where he attracted the attention of King Louis-Philippe. His preferred domain was the representation of cities and their monuments: Venice, Rouen, Naples, Bruges, Amsterdam, London and the castles of Pau, Chenonceau, Azay-le-Rideau as well as Fontainebleau. This study marouflaged on canvas pre-dates the painter’s historicist and romantic compositions: the White Horse Courtyard is depicted in 1833, nearly empty with the exception of a few small silhouettes criss-crossing the courtyard in mineral tones. 

This painting gives the impression of a solitary, almost abandoned building, under a golden late afternoon light, a light that the painter appreciated. In fact, May 1833 was the dawn of the rebirth of the Château de Fontainebleau: six months later, Eugène Jamin reported that ‘more than five hundred workers were spread over the vast expanse of the royal residence’. In 1840, the terrace that can still be seen in the painting was replaced by the Fresco Gallery. Similarly, the vestibule of the Horseshoe Staircase opens onto the courtyard through a gate that would be replaced by the glass door that is still there today, and the central pavilion does not yet bear the niche containing the bust of Francis I. The only mark of modernity flying above the central pavilion is the tricolour flag that Louis-Philippe proudly displayed on the emblematic monuments of the French monarchy from the beginning of his reign.

Exhibitions
2018-2019, Château de Fontainebleau, Louis-Philippe à Fontainebleau. The King and History.

Ticket blanc

Tickets and prices

Online Ticketing

Online Ticketing

Opening hours

The chateau

The chateau is open every day except Tuesday, January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
From October to March: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm (last access at 4:15 pm).
From April to September: 9.30 am to 6 pm (last access at 5.15 pm).

Following the recent government announcements, a valid health pass is necessary to enter the chateau for all visitors 12 years old and older. The gardens and courtyards are accessible without green pass or valid health pass. Visitors 11 years old and older must wear a mask. The Chateau of Fontainebleau looks forward to welcoming you for your visit while respecting the health measures put into place (except the Chinese Museum, closed until further notice).

Coming to the chateau

    Calcul de l'itinéraire jusqu'au Château de Fontainebleau