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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 probably the most mesmerizing villages in southern France. Travelers and artwork enthusiasts will take pleasure in this mixture of paintings, historical past, biography, and go back and forth advisor that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, purple soil, and indigo seas beloved via the artist. the adventure starts in Paris after which strikes to the modern port of St. Tropez, the fishing village of Collioure, stylish and voluptuous great, and the country shelter of Vence, and ends in the sumptuous hotel of Cimiez. the writer identifies the villas and studios the place Matisse lived and labored in every one place and discusses how his paintings replied to the palette and atmosphere of every neighborhood panorama.

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Tropez, Matisse claimed that he had been seduced by a vibrant blue butterfly included in a collection of exotic specimens on display in the window of a postcard merchant opposite the Louvre on the Rue de Rivoli. The butterflies, mounted behind glass on a plaster backing, included one with wings of the same blue that Matisse remembered from his childhood, a blue he had since tried to re-create to no avail using a sulfur flame. to the Provençal shore,” he wrote. ” Matisse was mesmerized by the clarity of colors he found in the waters off the coast: The sea is blue, but bluer than any one has ever painted it, a color entirely fantastic and incredible.

When he wasn’t working at his easel at La Hune with Signac or alone in the hills above town, Matisse enjoyed exploring the small streets of St. Tropez, stopping to sketch a particular balcony or boat whenever the urge struck him. From 3 Môle Jean Réveille, the long and narrow pier that encloses the port, the view remains much the same as a century ago. Matisse spent many hours here sketching the daily activities of the old harbor. St. Tropez: Clarity of Color The small village consists of relatively few winding and narrow stone streets that all seem to open into hidden squares and passages seemingly frozen in time.

The Templars were great warriors and builders, and they chose strategic and defensive locations for their fortresses. Collioure is a typical Templar village, with its thirteenth-century castle and military post strategically situated along the coast. coastline. His defeat there, however, resulted in the fall of the Carthaginian empire. ; they would later build the Via Domatia road from Italy to Spain, roughly parallel to what is now the A9 highway of southern France leading to Collioure. Collioure remained a rural Roman outpost until the middle of the eleventh century, when the Knights Templar established a thriving medieval town complete with a chateau, hilltop military base, and cathedral on the site of the old Moorish settlement.

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