Book Art South France
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Book Review: Art in the South of France, The Inside Story

Aixcentric is the name of Lynne Alderson’s blog, an online resource for anyone looking for current events in the Aix-en-Provence area. The blog was “born” out of Alderson’s frustration regarding discovering details about interesting happenings…just a little too late. Her second book “Art in the South of France, The Inside …

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Summer Reading Hemingway Woman Reading on the Beach
Lifestyle: Art & CultureMary Kay Seales

Summer Reading List: A Short Course on Hemingway

Hemingway aficionados should put these books together on your summer reading list for an inside look at the man behind the words & Paris in the 1920s I’ve started to make my university students read a few Hemingway short stories each quarter as a means of teaching them how to …

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Bastide Rose Le Thor
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Explore Sculptures of Amour Love at Bastide Rose in Le Thor

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The Bastide Rose is the beautiful honey-coloured home of Poppy Salinger who was married to JFK’s press secretary, journalist and writer Pierre Salinger. It stands by the translucent river Sorgue and is the setting for an annual sculpture show. This year, its theme is Amour, in …

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Olive and Sweetpea
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

Olive and Sweetpea where wine, women and possibilities meet

Where Passions Meet Wine and words. The idea for Olive and Sweetpea (Olive + Sweetpea), a new e-magazine, was hatched over a few glasses of wine. When Paula Kane and I scheduled a springtime lunch, we half-heartedly joked about the possibility of enjoying a meal on a sunny patio. After …

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Picasso-Picabia Musée Picasso
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Picasso-Picabia at Musée Granet this Summer in Aix-en-Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: Adding to my previous post, which concentrated on the opening weekend for the Picasso-Picabia exhibition at the Musée Granet. There will be a weekly guided tour of the exhibition in English on Fridays at 15:00hrs (entry fee + 4 euros). French tours will take place Tues-Sun at …

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NG Art Creative Residency- megan flowers
Artists Inspired by ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

NG Art Creative Residency Where Artists are Gathering Creative Inspiration in the Alpilles

NG Art Creative Residency Nicky Ginsberg has been engrossed in the world of art and emerging artistic talent for over 30 years. Born in the United Kingdom, Ginsberg ended up in Sydney, Australia after a stint in France. Over that period, her art history background, understanding of the commercial aspects …

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Legends of Provence Book Cover Provence Legends Tarasque Monster Tarascon
Keith Van SickleLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

The Legends of Provence: The Tarasque Monster of Tarascon

During our last visit to Provence, I picked up a book called the “Legendes de Provence” by Eugene Bressy. This book is comprised of a series of short stories about the legends of Provence. In this series of posts, I will dive into some of these stories and let you decide …

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Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence
Books on ProvenceCarolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & Culture

The Last Word. Peter Mayle’s My Twenty-Five Years in Provence, Reflections on Then and Now

Almost 30 years ago, Peter Mayle introduced many of us to the arrière-pays Provençal (rural countryside) for the first time, with his international best-selling novel “A Year in Provence.”  The success of that book and his subsequent novels had many primed to book flights to the South of France. If …

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Vincent Van Gogh Fashion St Remy de Provence
Artists Inspired by ProvenceGuest PostLifestyle: Art & Culture

Vincent Van Gogh and the Fashion Runway

Vincent Van Gogh Meets Provence Born in the Netherlands in 1853, Vincent Van Gogh started his painting in his twenties. Among his works were several themes, like self-portraits, landscapes, still life competitions, and plant paintings such as sunflowers and cypress trees. During these early times, most people did not appreciate …

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Artist Nicolas De Stael Hotel de Caumont Aix-en-Provence
AixcentricArtists Inspired by ProvenceLifestyle: Art & Culture

Hotel de Caumont: Artist Nicolas De Stael in Provence

Contributor blog post by Aixcentric: The Hotel de Caumont has been open for 5 years now as an arts centre, and this current exhibition,’ Nicolas de Stael in Provence’ has to be the best I have seen here. It focuses on the short time this interesting painter spent in Provence, July 1953-June …

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