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PROVENCE: GEOGRAPHY MATTERS
“Provence” has more efficacy as a "brand" than as a place. One rarely if ever hears any residents of the Vaucluse say that they live in "Provence." The word is heard frequently in its adjectival form: provençal.
As geography, the term "Provence" suffers abuse. The French consider contemporary 'Provence' to take in three administrative department:
Confusion pops up due to the administrative region PACA: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
When "Provence" is employed for the department of the Var (Toulon, St, Tropez) or the department of the Alpes-Maritime (Côte d'Azur) or even the five departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon, it is the "brand" asserting itself.
This is a regional distinction that Peter Mayle buys into 100% in his book Provence A-Z. In fact, if Mayle had been 'geographically-correct,' his iconic best seller would have been titled "A Year in the Luberon."
The Luberon and the Comtat Venaissin, referred to as the “Comtat,” are the two large regions within the Vaulcuse,
Category Archives: Culture
The single work of Japanese artist Irioka at the art space un lieu une oeuvre Recall the cinematic technique of Michelangelo Antonioni where he would frequently compose his shots by shooting through windows or doors, which would focus the audience’s … Continue reading
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Ménerbes: Graceful Confluence of Art and Nature – 20 Sculptures by 12 Artists – at Les Vignes Until August 28
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La Ligne Du Thor by Vera Röhm It’s a rite of summer’s arrival in the Vaucluse: the annual vernissage on the manicured serene grounds of La Bastide Rose, caressed by the pitter-patter of the Sorgue River that flows through the … Continue reading
St. Rémy de Provence: A Heightened Artistic Sensibility – the a-part Festival – Kicks Off July 5 – Aug. 25 Run With 10 Days of Vernissages
If you are visiting Provence for the first time, you experience that curious relief at finding a place that conforms to your stereotyped preconceptions, e.g. lavender really does grow here. The urge to indulge yourself in the delights of Provence … Continue reading
Avignon: “Les Papesses” – Five Iconic Female Artists Honored at the Collection Lambert and the Palais des Papes Until Nov 11
What brilliant stoke of ironic humor possessed the organizers of a monumental multi-site art exhibition in Avignon showcasing five iconic female sculptors to label this summer’s extravagant event “The Female Popes” (Les Papesses): Female Popes of the art world, mind … Continue reading
From either end of the plain of Apt in the Luberon, the hilltop village of Lacoste appears as a luminous torch in the warm limpid summer nights. Draw nearer to the light and the tip of the flame assumes the … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Maison de la Truffe et du Vin du Luberon – Wine Shop for AOC Luberon – Vernissage April 30, Art Exhibit Until June 6
The dynamic Mayor of Ménerbes Yves Rousset-Rouard knows how to move minds and cut deals. He made a name for himself in the film biz as producer of Emmanuelle flicks, as well as the less racy more traditional work of … Continue reading
Galerie Pascal Lainé: Vernissage Friday, April 26, Ménerbes (above) “Trames” – canvas, paper and engravings: Works of Louise Cara, who experiments with tools, formats, materials: pigments, oils, impasto, binders, and ink, employing brushes and spatulas. Exhibition runs from April 26 to … Continue reading