Posts Tagged ‘Charles Camoin’

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Colourful Cassis has been a magnet for artists since the road from Marseille was built in 1840…followed by the railway in 1859 which made it even easier to reach.  At that time, it must have been a quiet little village with small houses, fishermen tending to their nets, and boats setting out to sea.  The early Provencal painters captured this, as we see at the beginning of the exhibition ‘Cassis Port de la Peinture Au Tournant de la Modernité 1845-1945′ which opened today at the Musée Regards de Provence in Marseille.  Joseph Garibaldi who was based in Marseille loved painting ships and there are some excellent pictures of his, showing boats in Cassis.Cassis  Beautiful reflections and I am in awe of his rigging!

Other artists followed suit.  Fellow Marseille painter Charles Camoin was another visitor captivated by the port.  His view is more influenced by the Fauves and focuses on the colours of the village.


What is so interesting about this exhibition is that it has a single theme – Cassis – but so many different interpretations of it.  Manguin for instance turned his back on the sea and chose to paint the vegetation which he found enchanting. Liked his portrait of Jeanne bathing,  ‘Baigneuse a Cassis’, which is similar to one currently on show at the Musée Granet.manguin cassis

It’s a stimulating exhibition and I’m sure if you love Provence and painting, you will find much to admire.  At the Musée Regards de Provence, daily 10-18:  there is a show, too in Cassis which complements the Marseille exhibition.  Details here: http://www.ot-cassis.com/fr/cassis-port-de-la-peinture.html

Both are on until 6th October.

Climbing the stairs in the Marseille museum brings us to a completely different artistic experience.  ‘Bernar Venet. Carpiagne: The Origin’ concentrates on 1961-6 when the artist lived in the region.  Most of the pieces shown are black and made from cardboard scraps and painted with tar. 

coalThe centrepiece is a heap of coal which the panel assured us has been ‘installed loosely’. 

‘There is something special about Venet’s pile of coal’, it goes on.  ‘It involves randomness and unpredictablity’.

Moving on from the coal – which ‘never exists twice the same’ – (I decided I loved its bonkers-dom and its panel!) – he has another gallery with bent and straight sculptures – ‘Indeterminate Lines, Arcs, Angles and Straight Lines’. Take a look at  this http://www.bernarvenet.com/ which will give you an idea of how he works.  His next gig is the Venice Bienalle on the Grand Canal where he will ‘exhibit mathematical paintings honoring the legacy of Arabic culture and pay homage to the inventor of algorithms’.

Two very different artistic experiences to choose from – or maybe you will enjoy both.  Don’t forget the lovely restaurant on the top floor plus there is a good bookshop with lots of temptation.

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great gatsby

I love the French title for The Great Gatsby and am sort-of looking forward to seeing the film later this week.  The hesitation is because I do find Baz Luhrmann films over-sensationalised – ‘Moulin Rouge’ being a case in point.  And with 3D, and at 2 1/2 hours long, I should imagine the whole experience will be even more over the top, (more…)

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Finally, today, got to visit the Fondation Monticelli which is on the coast, west of Marseille, between L’Estaque and Le Rove.  And what a gallery it is!

It started life as a fort, built in 1861 and standing high on the hillside to defend the coast.  It fell into disrepair and was squatted and graffitied – until it was renovated and opened in 2010 as a home for a collection of paintings by Monticelli.  He was a 19th century Marseille-born artist whose love of colour inspired Van Gogh.  His paintings are on the ground floor of the gallery.

Upstairs is a temporary exhibition of Charles Camoin (1879-1965), also born in Marseille and another joyous colourist.

It was quite hard, though, to concentrate on the paintings with such amazing views through those beautiful arched windows: a sun-drenched panorama of Marseille, la Bonne Mère, the docks, massive white cruise ships, the yachts at L’Estaque….

But these were the very views that inspired Camoin. He loved the area and painted in Marseilles his native town, in Cassis and in St Tropez. He had a studio in Paris from where he painted local sights (below).

His are brightly coloured paintings, beautiful in this sun-filled gallery.

I thought I was making this exhibition just in time as it was supposed to end 30th September, but it is being held over until 7th October.  The gallery director will be giving a guided tour at 15:00 on 5th October.

Fondation Monticelli has a very large free car park from where it is a short walk to the gallery.  It’s open Wed-Sun, 10-17:00hrs.  L’Estaque is a short car-ride down the hill and has quite a few restaurants and cafés – especially good if you like local fish.

There is a walking trail of panels linking the places artists chose to paint from.  More info: http://www.marseille-tourisme.com/en/discover-marseille/city-of-art/lestaque-and-its-painters/ The panels show old photos of L’Estaque and the coast.  It’s striking how much simpler the landscapes were then, with unobstructed views free of the clutter of cars, yachts, big trees, hoardings, parking signs, shops, dockland cranes.  A beautiful coast which Camoin delighted in capturing, as this small expo shows.

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Two hundred and seventy-one festivals!

That’s the number taking place in local town centres, villages, parks and open-spaces this summer as  colourful programmes of music, dance, historical enactment, stand-up, tribute bands burst into life.  Here is an excellent website which lists them all – a total of 1869 separate events:  http://www.terredefestivals.fr/ 

Photographers will be flocking to Arles from tomorrow for the annual Rencontres d’Arles Festival which this year has 60 expos celebrating 30 years of the Arles-based ENSP – Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Photographie. 90-minuted guided tours of the exhibition sites can be organised through the ticket outlets. Until 23rd Sept. www.rencontres-arles.com

Réné Seyssaud – L’Ivresse de la Couleur is a retrospective of this Marseillais painter (1867-1952).  He worked in many of the seaside towns in the Var and from his final home and studio on the Etang de Berre. He painted landscapes, sea-scapes and still-lifes with bright colours using paints he made himself.  14th July – 18th November. At the Fondation Regards de Provence, palais des Arts, Cours Julien, Marseille.  Open daily 10-18:00hrs, exc Aug 15th.  Admission 5€. www.museeregardsdeprovence.com

Across town, the Fondation Monticelli has an exhibition of work by another Marseille-born artist Charles Camoin.  A colleague of Matisse and Manguin, he was a very successful painter, his colourful works influence by the Fauves and by his acquaintance Cézanne.  For more info, click here: http://www.fondationmonticelli.com/expositions

Doesn’t this still-life by Camoin look like the perfect Provençal table?

The summer evening markets – Les Calades – in the cours Mirabeau will be  starting later this month and will run throughout August – the TO should soon have dates.

‘Les Instants d’Ete 2012’ is a programme  bringing big-screen films to parks throughout Aix for the next 2 months of warm evenings – you just have to bring a blanket and picnic!  Click for details: http://www.mairie-aixenprovence.fr/Instants-d-ete-2012

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