A Journey into Matisse's South of France by Laura McPhee

By Laura McPhee

For extra than 50 years the passionate pursuit of colour led Henri Matisse to go to one of the most spell binding villages in southern France. Travelers and artwork fanatics will savour this mixture of artwork, historical past, biography, and trip consultant that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, purple soil, and indigo seas beloved through the artist. the adventure starts off in Paris after which strikes to the trendy port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, stylish and voluptuous great, and the country shelter of Vence, and ends in the sumptuous lodge of Cimiez. the writer identifies the villas and studios the place Matisse lived and labored in every one position and discusses how his artwork replied to the palette and atmosphere of every neighborhood panorama.

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41 A Journey into Matisse’s South of France Strangers in Town arrival of the train, strangers came to town more frequently, but still primarily for business. The newly Site 6 becomes site 5 For more than two millennia, strangers arrived in built Avenue de la Gare led from the door of the Site 7 becomes site straight 6 Collioure by boat, though a daring few came by mule station downhill to the busy port. Site the 5 becomes site 7 along the narrow mountain trails that followed In 1905, curves of the rocky coast.

Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Dalí, and dozens of others left artistic tokens of their friendship with the Pou family behind in exchange for dinner, drinks, and lodging at Les Templiers. For decades these original works hung throughout the bar and hotel, until several Picasso drawings and two or three other works were stolen. Now the originals are kept under lock and key, though visitors can see reproductions where the originals once hung. Les Templiers. In addition to the extensive collection of paintings, the Pou family also maintained a scrapbook throughout the last century, in which visiting friends wrote good wishes and drew small sketches.

The animals apparently had no appetite, and their boat floated to a tiny village inhabited by the Romans known by the name of Heraclea Cacabaria. The St. Tropez: Clarity of Color headless martyr whose body had drifted to shore was buried in the village; centuries later, Catholic settlers made him their namesake. Set into the hills just above the curve of a deep bay, St. Tropez rises up the mountainside at the tip of a small peninsula between Marseilles and Cannes. Cut off from the interior by a range of mountains at the foot of the Alps known as Les Maures, and surrounded by the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean on all other sides, the small fishing village is so geographically isolated that an eighteenth-century travel guide considered it “doomed to inevitable ruination .

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