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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 essentially the most spell binding villages in southern France. Travelers and paintings fanatics will have fun with this mixture of paintings, heritage, biography, and shuttle advisor that covers southern France and explores the teal skies, emerald hills, pink soil, and indigo seas beloved by means of 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 each one situation and discusses how his artwork answered to the palette and atmosphere of every neighborhood panorama.

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Signac found Matisse affordable lodging for fifty francs a month near his own home in a tiny cottage called La Ramade. With two small rooms upstairs and two down, it was not big enough for all five of the Matisses, so Henry and Amélie had to temporarily split up the family. Ten-year-old Marguerite was sent to Toulouse to stay with her mother’s sister, and three-year-old Jean was sent to stay with his paternal grandparents in Bohain. Only four-year-old Pierre accompanied his parents south that summer, in part because it was believed that his habitually poor health would benefit from weeks spent in the sea air.

He understood the very real implications of taking such a stand. “I know well that the question of money for survival is disturbing, and constantly gets in the way of the other, higher question,” Cross wrote Matisse later that year. “But, Musée de l’Annonciade Not so long ago, residents and visitors to St. Tropez could stand above the town and see only mountain and sea beyond the town’s borders. Now the mountains on all sides are nearly covered with rambling villas and vacation condominiums. But it is still possible to see the earlier view through the eyes of the artists who found inspiration here.

In the cool of the morning, beneath the shade of the big trees, there are great hampers of cherries, pyramids of pears, tumbled masses of apricots; the sharp red of tomatoes and the pale yellow of squash add their brilliant notes to this pleasing picture. Carts full of oranges pour their contents out into baskets of every shape, and the golden globes that roll free mingle with white and purple aubergines, like the mighty eggs of some unknown bird. 30 The outdoor markets of Provence offer a variety of regional goods to tempt every one of the senses.

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