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After World War I, Art Deco style expanded not only in terms of geography to surpass the frontiers of France and Europe, but it also had its impact on almost every art form and anything that requires design. Square René Le Gall (also known as the Jardin des Goeblins) stands today as one of Paris’s finest examples of a neoclassical art deco garden. Square René Le Gall was built over the underground River Bièvre and was designed by architect Jean-Charles Moreux in 1937-38. 

This garden in the purest neoclassical style with square parterres of lawn, an obelisk and a geometric rose garden with four mini concrete pavilions (a modernist take on the Château de Villandry’s famous Loire Valley gardens).

The most distinctive part of the square, however, is the ramp up to the park’s entrance on rue Croulebarbe: decorated by the sculptor Garnier, the wall caricatures a baroque grotto, with stone faces that peer out of the walls like a fruit-filled Arcimboldo painting.

Architect Jean-Charles Moreux was inspired at the time by the Italian painter of the 16th century Arcimboldo, who had the distinction of making portraits by an ingenious blend of fruits, vegetables and flowers.