Painting and Photography
The matchless light and landscapes of Provence have attracted and inspired hundreds of great painters and photographers through the centuries. These are just a few of them (check back soon for new additions).
Click here to read more articles about Paul Cézanne, the grand master of Aix en Provence who rightly has a separate section all of his own and here to read about the Victor Vasarely Foundation, also in Aix.
Click here to book a hotel in Provence
This gallery of masterpieces accompanies our guide to L'Estaque, the little town outside Marseille which, for over half a century, attracted a stream of great artists including Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy and Georges Braque.
Welcome to the wacky, dream-like, erotic and comic world of the artist, designer and illustrator Roger Blachon, who took like a duck to water to Marseille's exuberance and the locals' infinite ability to laugh at themselves.
Many towns in Provence play it safe when exploring the region's rich artistic heritage. But in the summer of 2011, Les Baux de Provence tried a bold experiment that turned the whole village into a giant installation fêting Arman, the avant-garde artist.
René Seyssaud plunges you into a riot of colour. His intense images evoke Expressionism and Fauvism without quite belonging to either movement. He brings a brilliant colourist's eye and muscular, off-kilter compositions to rural life in Provence.
The painter Félix Ziem is relatively unknown today though Vincent van Gogh thought his brilliant blue skies the most beautiful in all of art. The work of this Mediterranean maestro is on view at the Musée Ziem in Martigues, where he worked and lived for several years.
To celebrate the centenary of the surrealist artist Jacques Hérold, the Musée Cantini in Marseille presented around a hundred of his paintings, drawings and sculptures in 2011. It was the first time Hérold (1910-1987) had had a major retrospective at a French museum.
© Travel and Tourism in Provence 2010-2017.