PROVENCE - walking with Cezanne
18th-23rd Oct. 2021
Rescheduled from 2020 due to Covid 19
“Rain they take as a personal affront, shaking their heads and commiserating with each other in the cafés, looking with profound suspicion at the sky as though a plague of locusts is about to descend, and picking their way with distaste through the puddles on the pavement.”
― Peter Mayle, A Year in Provence
It took Peter Mayle a whole book (actually, several books) to convey his enchantment with this diverse and gloriously unique part of the world.
It is no surprise that artists congregated here - Provence is itself one of nature’s most vibrant works of art. Everything appears brighter - the light has a transcendent quality that seems to intensify colour and warmth.
The most famous resident of Aix en Provence is, of course, Paul Cezanne, and the town is dedicated to his life and work. He was utterly transfixed by the elegance of Mont St Victoire which he painted 87 times. We can but pitifully aspire to such a degree of dedication.
Picasso followed Cezanne there and although he died elsewhere, it was Provence that he chose as his final resting place.