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23.6.05

Exhibit in Marseilles

There is a new exhibit at La Vieille Charité de Marseille called Sous le soleil, exactement (Under the sun, exactly). I read about it in a review (Paysages avec astre du jour, June 20) by Sophie Latil for Le Figaro (my translation):

Hubert Robert's Les Gorges d'Ollioules (1783) rises out of the chaos. The cliffs could have been catapulted from the sky. The clouds are reddening in the prism of the setting sun. The river boils. Slowly, the farmers go their way. Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Les Oliviers des Rochers de l'Estaque (1882) are trembling in the mistral wind. The torturous trunks of Van Gogh's Grands Platanes (1889) line up majestically. The silhouette of La Sainte-Victoire, always recognizable, stands out as Cézanne, always regal. Visitors are embraced by all of Provence this summer a the Centre de la Vieille Charité in Marseille. Provence of the countryside, of the baking heat and the violent wind, of the colors and light.
The exhibit, which extends from the 17th century to the early 20th century, is shared between the Musée des Beaux Arts in Marseille (where it will stay until August 21) and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montréal (where it will go in the fall). For other reviews, see Jean Pierrard, Toiles de Provence (Le Point, June 9) and Catherine Rama, Les peintres de la lumière exposés à Marseille et Montréal (cyberpresse.ca, May 19).

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