Saturday, 20 September 2014

In search of Cezanne

Yesterday's trip to the art gallery inspired our outing today as we went to see the Pearlman Collection. It was put together by Henry Pearlman from New York and he particularly loved Cezanne, eventually owning more than 20 of his paintings.
He visited Aix-en-Provence many times as he wanted to see where each of them were created.
Obviously, we don't own any Cezanne's, but we did buy a postcard for the van of one of Cezanne's favourite subjects - Mont Sainte Victoire.
I decided that we should cycle around the whole of the mountain, following quiet side roads. The plan worked really well, although it was a lot further, steeper and sunnier than I expected. We stopped en route for a quick van blanc in some welcome shade under some enormous trees in the village centre.
Our final stop was really tiring as we cycled up to a viewpoint that has been turned into a little park. It was where Cezanne used to sit while painting the mountain views, (including our postcard) and it has fantastic views of the surrounding area - pic 3.
We arrived back at the campsite completely shattered, hot and sweaty, so we put on our bathers and collapsed into the swimming pool.
Back out again pretty quickly as it was surprisingly nippy.

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