Greetings from the Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect...
which has performed admirably during our long absence and a torrid heatwave, with the help of kind neighbours and Mr Mower Man...
When I studied Art History, an artist who really appealed to me was Paul Cezanne [1836-1906], Post-Impressionist and forerunner of Cubism.
One of my lecturers was particularly fond of the breakthrough painting 'Still Life with Plaster Cast' 1895. You can read about it here http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/stories/cumming_cezanne/cumming_cezanne04.html
|Google Image 'Still Life with Plaster Cast', Paul Cezanne|
Just north of the Old Town in Aix-en-Provence is his former home with upstairs studio, which remain much as Cezanne left them. His coat hangs on the wall, along with his easel, an unfinished picture still in position, and simple objects that featured in his portraits: the ginger jar, fruit bowl, and of course the cupid.
Cezanne frequently walked a short distance up the hill to his vantage point for the spectacular views of Montagne Saint-Victoire, one of his favourite painting subjects.
To keep us well-informed there were copies of the most famous of these paintings, which are held in Art Museums in many parts of the world.
|Paul Cezanne 'Mont Sainte-Victoire'|
Dear Reader, I was unbelievably thrilled by this particular Art Pilgrimage...
By way of an intermission, our agapanthus have begun to bloom...
In the countryside surrounding Aix-en-Provence we enjoyed a day at the Chateau La Coste winery. This estate combines fine food and wine, contemporary art and architecture, and beautiful vineyards.
In addition to the vineyards, a central pavilion designed by architect Tadao Ando contains an Art Centre, restaurant, and bookshop, with adjacent vast infinity pool of water..
|Alexander Calder: 'Small Crinkly' 1976|
|Louise Bourgeois 'Crouching Spider' 2003|
|Larry Neufeld 'Donegal' 2013|
|Tom Shannon 'Drop' 2009|
|Sean Scully 'Wall of Light Cubed' 2007|
Lunch was a delicious and elegant affair..
The many sculptures were displayed among the vineyards, making a beautiful walking tour before lunch and wine tasting a must...
It was another of the major highlights of our tour in Provence..
In other news, Jacaranda season arrived while we were away, and our tree has finally gotten the message and begun to bloom...
Our Sunday treat this week was the Ron Howard documentary movie 'Pavarotti' about the legendary Italian tenor.
If you love opera, you will probably love it... as we did.
One of the greatest tenor voices of the 20th century, he appears to have been a lovely, generous, hard-working and charismatic man.
Sadly, he passed away at the early age of 71.
It was wonderful to see and hear those magical arias once again...