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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,
Tag Archives: Art
“Oh la belle vie Sans amour Sans soucis Sans problème.” The stylish and always comfortable denizens of the Luberon streamed into the Galerie Pascal Lainé in Ménerbes yesterday evening to exchange tips on finding a reliable gardener or a decent … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Graceful Confluence of Art and Nature – 20 Sculptures by 12 Artists – at Les Vignes Until August 28
Protéger l’Art by Matthieu Faury Among a few hundred olive trees and groves of oaks on a tranquil Luberon estate, two forward-thinking art galleries have assembled twenty works of sculptures by a dozen artists. The exhibition – Monumental Confrontations – … Continue reading
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
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
Lacoste: Sebastian Brajkovic Vernissage at La Galerie Phriem on Saturday, April 13; A Notable Closing
La Galerie Phriem at SCAD Lacoste will hold a vernissage in the early evening on Saturday, April 13 for the Dutch-born designer Sebastian Brajkovic. He is acclaimed for his “Lathe” series of chairs, tables and lamps named so for the … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Galerie Pascal Lainé Season-Opening ‘Musical Cocktails’ on April 5 and 6 for 25th Anniversary Retrospective
He’s been throwing the classiest vernissages in the Luberon for all of 25 years now; the ever-lithe Pascal Lainé (pictured in white shirt in photo below) lays out tasty amuse–gueules, local wines and champagne to launch each new exhibit within … Continue reading
Avignon: Yvon Lambert Donates Nearly 600 Works of Art; La Collection Lambert to Double in Space; Exhibit of Five Woman Artists Set for June 2013
I recall the numerous times when viewing the exceptional exhibitions at La Collection Lambert, situated in the Hôtel du Caumont in a peaceful corner of Avignon, that casual conversations with other visitors would reveal that they were unaware of the … Continue reading