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A feast for the senses…fields of fragrant lavender, orchards of silvery gray-green olive trees, deep blue seas, grilled fresh fish, ruby-red wine, warm golden sun, light sea breezes; bold vivid fabrics, church bells at dusk and the clear, clean light of the impressionists.
During our stay we’ll visit Aix-en-Provence, the home of Cézanne and see his studio in town as well as the family summer home, which was inspiration for several of his paintings. We’ll travel the route to Le Tholonet with views of Mt. St. Victoire, a favorite landscape subject of Cézanne.
You’ll take a walking tour of Arles, an ancient Roman town, and visit many of the locations Van Gogh chose to paint including the view of the Rhône River for Starry Night Over the Rhône and the Langlois Bridge. We’ll drive to très chic Saint Rémy-de-Provence, where the artist was hospitalized at the Clinique St-Paul. We’ll visit the hospital grounds and see the garden, a frequent subject of the artist.
Renoir moved to the warmer south in 1907 because of rheumatoid arthritis and bought a small farm, Les Collettes, in Cagnes-sur-Mer. He painted paintings of his house, the olive trees around his farm and took up sculpture. We’ll visit Renoir’s house, now a museum, which will be re-opened next summer after extensive renovations.
Henri Matisse moved to the French Riviera in 1917 where he continued to paint. It was here that he started his work with cut outs. We will tour the museum dedicated to Matisse in Cimiez, housed in a grand 17th century villa, which contains the largest collection of his works in the world.
Monet visited the south of France during the winter months. He loved painting Antibes from Cap d’Antibes with views of the deep blue sea in the foreground, the old fort and the snow capped alps in the background. We will visit the artist’s favorite location for painting the fort of the old town.
In addition to the artists’ lives, we will visit villages, sample some of the best wines of the region, see Les Beaux, maybe have a hands on cooking class, take in at least one market and eat delicious and healthy provençal food.
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