If you’d like to feel the presence of a man for whom “art is a revelation of an exquisite sensitivity”, then here, in Aix-en-Provence and the Aix Region, is where you can have that uniquely authentic, vivid and intimate Cézanne experience.
Following in Cézanne’s footsteps, you’ll walk through the painter’s life, from the house where he was born to his final resting place in Saint-Pierre cemetery. You will see the town as the artist experienced it by following an elegantly signposted trail which includes significant places, landmarks of his youth, the houses of his family and those close to him and cafes he went to with friends.
In his quiet, brightly-lit studio, you’ll see the objects which were dear to him, the models for his final still-life paintings, his furniture, equipment he worked with, a thousand tiny details which connect you to the works of art created within these walls and today exhibited around the world. This is where you will feel the master’s presence most strongly, in the human simplicity of his everyday life.
The Bastide du Jas de Bouffan, this family property meant to the painter, is listed as a historical monument along with its grounds., It was a place where he lived, an anchor point, the theatre for his first paintings and a creative studio. Cézanne’s favourite views which appeared in fifty or so of his oil paintings and watercolours are revealed around the country house. The Bastide is closed for work since 1 January 2017. Reopening scheduled for 2019.
At the heart of the Grand Site Sainte-Victoire, the Bibémus Quarries will unveil their majestic beauty on a trail created around the cottage where Cézanne stored his canvasses and sometimes used to sleep. On this 7 hectare plateau of extraordinary natural architecture, you will enter the master’s creative process (motifs, viewpoints, composition, geometrical approach, colours…). It is quite an emotional experience and you’ll understand how cubism was born here with a few world-famous paintings.