Travel with Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation high-speed trains to Aix-en-Provence! This picturesque French village, the ancient capital of Provence, was home of the famous impressionist artist Paul Cézanne. He was passionately attached to Aix-en-Provence, and summed his love up in a single sentence: “When you’re born there, it’s hopeless, nothing else is good enough”. You can share Cézanne’s experience visiting the following locations:
Referring to the atelier, Cezánne wrote in 1902 to his niece Paule Conil: “little Marie has cleaned up my studio which is now finished and I am settling down there little by little…”. Cézanne worked every morning in this studio and it was the birthplace of paintings exhibited now in the world’s great museums. The atelier has remained intact since the artist left. The visitor will feel the full intensity of the painter among the objects he treasured, the models of his last still lifes, his furniture and his work tools.
Jas de Bouffan, the house where it all started
Listed as a historical monument, the XVIII century mansion belonged to Cézanne’s family between 1859 and 1899. A guided walking tour of the family property Bastida du Jas de Bouffan will allow you to contemplate his early works. In fact, Cézanne painted twelve large compositions on the walls of one of the rooms.
The Bibémus Quarries
In the abandoned quarries known as Bibémus, Cézanne discovered a rough, partially man-made, and intensely chromatic landscape that suited his geometrizing style. There he painted 11 oils and 16 watercolours and is where Cubism took its first steps.