Jean-Michel Chevotet

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Jean-Michel Chevotet
Born 11 July 1698
Died 4 December 1772
Nationality French
Awards Prix de Rome (1722)
Buildings Château de Petit-Bourg

Jean-Michel Chevotet (11 July 1698, Paris – 4 December 1772) was a French architect. He and Pierre Contant d'Ivry were among the most eminent Parisian architects of the day and designed in both the restrained French Rococo manner, known as the "Louis XV style" and in the "Goût grec" (literally "Greek taste") phase of early Neoclassicism. His grandson was Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Chaussard.

Life[edit]

In 1722, Chevotet won the Académie royale d'architecture's very first Prix de Rome with a study of a triumphal arch. A skilled draughtsman, he illustrated several architectural treatises, such as Jean-Baptiste de Monicart's "Versailles immortalisé" (1720–1725) and Jean Mariette's "L’Architecture française" (1727). On the death of Germain Boffrand in 1754, he became a member of the first rank of the Academie.

He and d'Ivray were tutors to Claude Nicolas Ledoux, whom they introduced to Classical architecture, in particular the temples of Paestum.

In 1748 and 1753, he unsuccessfully submitted 4 projects for the future Place Louis XV (now Place de la Concorde), and in 1764 was not commissioned for the extension of the Palais Bourbon.

Works[edit]

Hôtels[edit]

He was more successful in establishing his reputation through his aristocratic clientele and adapted many existing Parisian hôtels to the modern taste, notably working on:

Country houses and gardens[edit]

Chevotet's Château de Petit-Bourg

He also built country houses around Paris, notably:

He may also have worked on the modernisation of the Château of Thoiry (Yvelines).

Bibliography[edit]

  • Baritou, Jean-Louis, Chevotet, Contant, Chaussard, Paris, Délégation à l'Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, La Manufacture, 1987, ISBN 2-904638-98-9