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On 13 November 1872, from the window of his hotel in Le Havre, Claude Monet painted a view of the port through the mist.

When, two years later it was shown under the title ‘Impression, soleil levant’ at the Musée Marmottan Monet, critic Louis Leroy coined the term “Impressionist”, so giving a name to the group formed by Monet and his fellow painters.

Claude Monet
Impression, soleil levant, 1872, Huile sur
toile, 50 × 65 cm. Paris, musée Marmot-
tan Monet © Musée Marmottan Monet,
Paris / Studio Christian Baraja SLB

In 2022, Paris’s Musée Marmottan Monet, celebrates the 150th anniversary of this painting through the exhibition “Facing the Sun”.  

The sun of course has been a motif for artists from Antiquity which is where the show starts.  It goes on to include works by Dürer, Rubens, Joseph Vernet, Turner, Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, André Derain, Maurice Denis, Munch, and Sonia Delaunay. These are just some of the artists shown in this exhibition, in honour of Monet’s illustrious sunrise.

Paul Signac
Le Port au soleil
couchant, opus 236
(Saint-Tropez), 1892,
Huile sur toile, 65
× 81 cm. Potsdam,
Hasso Plattner
© Hasso Plattner
Collection / Recom
Art, Berlin

Details: The show is running in Paris from 21 September 2022 to 29 January 2023 and in Potsdam, from 25 February to 11 June 2023 under the title “Sonne. Die Quelle des Lichts in der Kunst”.  Website: https://www.marmottan.fr/expositions/face-au-soleil/


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David Hockney for Musée Granet

The long-awaited exhibition of David Hockney’s work is finally coming to Aix after its pandemic postponement. (more…)

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A couple of ideas here for the coming weekend. (more…)

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New York Follows Provence…

… by the opening of its very own immersive digital art centre, modelled on the success of the Carrieres des Lumieres at Les Baux de Provence. (more…)

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Visitors to Aix have, since 1990, been able to follow in the footsteps of Cezanne courtesy of 3,500 markers in the pavements and footpaths, as he wended from home to studio to painting sites…and then to cafes in town after a long day at the easel.

Now the Tourist Office have launched an app, based on their brochure, ‘Sur Les Pas de Cézanne’.  ‘Experience Cézanne with your smartphone’, we are invited. (more…)

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Following this post last month: https://aixcentric.com/2022/07/03/three-reasons-to-visit-chateau-la-coste-this-summer/ here is even more news from this ever-expanding arts centre which is just a 20 minute drive from Aix.

Visitors to Chateau La Coste are greeted by a splendid Louise Bourgois spider


Guided Tours:  now taking place daily, at 10:00 and 18:00, in English and French.

Two More Shows: Twenty-four watercolours by British painter Idris Khan.  Previously unseen, they will be shown in the Richard Rogers Gallery: one wall will show a work for each month to illustrate the passing of the seasons.  And…

Scuptures, hangings and paintings by Annie Morris (above).  This is the first exhibition in the huge new space that has been created by Oscar Niemeyer.  The sculptures shown in the photo are called ‘stacks’, the artist’s ‘joyeux obsession’. Made from plaster and pigmented sand, they are colourful abstract figures that seem perfect for this new gallery.

Note: The centre is open 10 – 19:00.  The five temporary art exhibitions are open 12 – 18.00.



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Martigues is a small historic town, on the Etang de Berre and dissected by canals which lead out to sea.  It was painted by local artists then ‘discovered’ by the Fauves who arrived with bright paints to capture the light of this pretty Mediterranean port.  We have very much enjoyed walks here as well as visits to the Musee Ziem which displays many of these local pictures and is free to visit.

The town has an active tourist office who are offering the following specials…

Sunset Cruises

From 1st August, these Monday evening cruises take visitors around the canals, informed and entertained by the captain, a native of the town.

Details: 44 passengers max and dependent on suitably good weather.

From 19:30 on 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Aug,

12 euros pp, 3 and under free.

Camping Paradis

The popular TF1 show is filmed on a beach close to La Couronne, beautifully empty for most of the year except when the film crews arrive to recreate a typical French campsite with bustling reception chalet, beach bar and superette.  A tourist office guide leads the one-hour tour and divulges anecdotes and set secrets to delight fans of this warm-hearted show.


At 09:30, Tuesdays, 2 – 30th Aug.

4 euros for adults, 3 euros for children

Full details and reservations: https://www.martigues-tourisme.com/evenements/culture

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‘Lee Miller Photographe Professionelle’  focuses on one of the most intense and productive periods in the life of this intriguing (*) American photographer (1907–1977).


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Flowerworks that’s the theme for 10 museums and galleries across Nice from now until autumn. (more…)

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