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…..is my new book which is being launched this week. (more…)

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This list celebrates some of the ephemeral things that we saw during 2013. It’s an incomplete list, I know, as I spent much time in England and missed lots, the Aix Carnaval for instance which sounded great, plus the Transhumance.

But these things I saw and loved: (more…)

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What a beautiful poster this is!

I am often struck by the quality of the graphics, photography and composition of posters for the most local and transient of events in Provence.  And this is a case in point.

It sounds as though it will be a wonderful Christmas concert – further details on http://academie-bach-aix.fr.

Now for a couple of exhibitions which may be of interest. (more…)

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Details of next year’s big summer exhibition at Aix’s Musée Granet have been announced.

‘Cézanne et la Modernité’ will bring 50 works from the Pearlman Collection to town 11th July – 5th October.  These pictures will include watercolours by Cézanne as well as impressionist and post-impressionist paintings from the collection.

Henry Pearlman was a New York businessman with a passion for art – he and his wife built up a formidable collectionfountain by cezanne of 19th and 20th century pictures.  Since his death in 1974, the paintings have been kept at Princeton University.  They are going on tour in 2014, first to the Ashmolean in Oxford, then Aix, followed by Atlanta and Vancouver.  You can read more here: http://www.pearlmancollection.org/about

This watercolour from the collection by Cezanne is intriguing.  I wondered why he never painted urban scenes of Aix itself…but here is one!  It shows the fountain in the place d’Hotel de Ville.  I hope this is included in the forthcoming exhibition.

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Having loved the ‘De Cézanne a Matisse’ exhibition at the Musée Granet, there was only one thing for it…hop on the navette to Marseille to see the other half of the show. 

Les Alyscamps - a last-minute loan

Les Alyscamps – a last-minute loan

It’s the first time the two museums have worked together like this – one budget, one catalogue, one project plan.  The curators had a wish-list of pictures to illustrate their theme of artists inspired by the Midi (more…)

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What a wonderful exhibition has just begun in the musée Granet!  One half of ‘L’Atelier du Midi’, the other being in Marseille, ‘De Cézanne a Matisse’ is one of the major shows for the MP2013 Year of Culture.

Its theme is the South of France and the impact it had on painters.  (more…)

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Today’s Guardian has a two-page feature on Aix: the journalist visits on the new direct train to Aix to try out part of the GR2013….and spends the night in the refuge at the top of the Sainte-Victoire.  Read on:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2013/may/17/aix-en-provence-france-direct-train-paul-cezanne

cezanneThere is also a lovely video overview of Cézanne’s studio: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/interactive/2013/may/17/paul-cezanne-studio-aix-en-provence-france-audio-slideshow  (Thanks to Mike and to Carol for forwarding this).

And finally an interesting new book by British writer Peter Gumbel who lectures at Sciences Po.  ‘France’s Got Talent: the Woeful Consequences of French Elitism’ analyses the stranglehold exercised at the top by the 500 graduates of the top schools.  He argues that French meritocracy is a myth and that Hollande has made things even worse – his ‘old boys’ network’ as a bad as Giscard d’Estaing’s.   Not only are these individuals drawn overwhelmingly from the same upper class background, but they aren’t providing good leadership anyway.  Lots of detail and stats here:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/14/france-power-elitism-peter-gumbel?INTCMP=SRCH  or http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/liberte-inegalite-fraternite-is-french-elitism-holding-the-country-back-8621650.html

 (Just in case you are thinking two words – ‘Cameron’ and ‘Eton’ – as I was, apparently this is worse…..)

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