In the steps of Cézanne

Walk in the steps of Cézanne and visit the city as he experienced it…

A pedestrian route marked by studs stamped with a “C” allows you to discover the landmarks of his early years (the houses where he lived as a child, his schools, etc), the places that marked him, the addresses of his family and acquaintances, the cafés where he met his friends and other artists… From classical elegance to Baroque opulence, Aix’s architectural heritage is the setting for your walk in the old town and its surroundings.

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The must-see

Statue de Cézanne
Next to the Tourist Office. Bronze by Gabriel Sterk, donated to the city in 2006 by the Aix-en-OEuvres association.

Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs
Rue du Maréchal Joffre. The Bourguignon de Fabregoules collection, bequeathed to the city of Aix for the Granet Museum, was shown in this former chapel for ten years, from 1866 to 1876. On 19 October 1866, Cézanne wrote to Zola: ”As Father Gibert from the museum had invited me to visit the Bourguignon Museum, I went with Baille, Marion and Valabrègue. I found it all bad.”

Café des Deux Garçons 
53 bis, cours Mirabeau (ground floor of the Gantès Hotel). On 7 October 1906 Cézanne wrote to his son: ”Yesterday evening before dinner, from 4 to about 7pm, I was with Capdeville (the pharmacist), Niolon (the painter), Fernand Bouteille (president of the Bar), etc., at the Café des Deux Garçons.”

Fontaine de la rue des Bagniers
In 1926, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard gave the city a bronze medal made by the sculptor Richard Guino, a student of Maillol, based on a drawing and instructions by Renoir.

Eglise de la Madeleine
Place des Prêcheurs. Christening of Paul Cézanne, on 20 February 1839. Christening of Paul’s sister Marie Cézanne on 7 July 1841. Wedding of Louis-Auguste Cézanne and Élisabeth Aubert on 30 January 1844. Blessing of marriage of Paul’s second sister Rose Cézanne to Maxime Conil on 27 February 1881.

Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur 
34, place Martyrs de la Résistance. Christening of Rose Cézanne, on 5 June 1854. Funeral of Paul Cézanne on Wednesday 24 October 1906, at 10am. ”On Sundays we went to mass. He was dressed in his best. He sat in the Factory pew and followed the service attentively. I had seen Cézanne here before, below the big painting of the Burning Bush, in which Moses looks uncannily like him.” (Émile Bernard)

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