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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: Menerbes
Ménerbes: Playful and Color-Splashed Canvasses of Kristian Desailly at the Galerie Pascal Lainé Until June 18
Kristian Desailly is an abstract painter with broad shoulders and a mop-like coiffure drawn back into a ponytail, who has lived since 2004 in Gordes on a mountaintop amidst green oaks and ancient bories where during the warm months he … Continue reading
Ménerbes: Beauty Manifest – Hans Silvester Photographs of Southern Ethiopia Tribal Houses at the Galerie Pascal Lainé Until May 14
“Another important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking.” ― Paul Bowles, … Continue reading
From the gardens of Le Mas du Magnolia, the perched village of Ménerbes appears as a large ocean liner floating in a sea of forest green vines, its bow elevated as if in a salute to the far-flung valley below. … Continue reading
Ménerbes: A “Pianocktail” With the Mellifluous Voice of Margeaux Lampley, Once of Oakland, California
Margeaux Lampley Chirping Out the Lyrics Below with Racey Gilbert on Drums (r.) “I should hate you But I guess I love you You’ve got me in between The devil and the deep blue sea” For jazz enthusiasts in … Continue reading
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
Perched on the hillside of Ménerbes, stands the large proud serene edifice of the Dora Maar House. Stretching out before it is a panoramic of manicured geometric shapes – countless lush tones of green – of vineyards and farm land, … Continue reading
“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
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