Inspiration and culture in Provence Alpes Cote d' Azur

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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 23 November 2023

The charcoal paintings found in Cosquer Cave date back an incredible 30,000 years, while the stone carvings in the aptly-named "Valley of Marvels" were forged 5,000 years ago: proof of the pudding that Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur has been inspiring artists from time immemorial.

The region’s scintillating sunlight has seduced and challenged many master painters, including Van Gogh, Picasso, Cézanne, Matisse and Chagall, captivated by our inimitable lifestyle and endless palette of scenery.

Aix-en-Provence is preparing to pay homage to the famous painter, Paul Cézanne. In 2025, a major exhibition will be held at the Granet Museum and visits will be offered to the main places that marked his life.

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Vineyards, remarkable gardens and private foundations alike invite visitors to step inside and contemplate the works of top names on the contemporary scene, from Jaume Prensa to Louise Bourgeois.

The region’s workshops, private collections, art walks and magical venues – such as Porquerolles Island or the fortified village of Mont-Dauphin – are an ode to inspiration and creativity.

The Modern & Contemporary Art Route offers a compelling voyage through our foremost art hubs. Street art is making its mark too, with exciting new works adorning the quarters of Nice, Toulon and Marseille every year. And people flock here from the world over to admire "The House of She Who Paints" adorned with ceramics, or Le Corbusier’s "Madman’s House", now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admire: Modern & Contemporary Art Routes

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