Monday, May 28, 2012

"Last Light, Gordes", 8x10, oil on linen, paintings of France, Provence, Gordes, beautiful cities in France

"Last Light, Gordes", 8x10, oil on linen

I was happy to be able to fit in a quick study this weekend. This was painted in under two hours but it was the only time I could find to paint this weekend! If you love Provence, (as I do!) you may want to grab this one. It's much prettier in person!

Gordes is considered one of the most beautiful communes in Provence. According to the French, a commune is the lowest form (uncomplicated) of city gov't and is an equivalent to what Americans would call a village or municipality. According to Wiki: The French word commune appeared in the 12th century, from Medieval Latin communia, meaning a small gathering of people sharing a common life; from Latin communis, things held in common.

 I thought that was really interesting!

Built on the foothills of the Vaucluse, in the lovely Luberon, Gordes is one of the most well-known hilltop villages in the region, and one of the most beautiful communes in France. It is a typical Wedding-cake type village perched almost precariously on a hilltop, bewitching visitors from all over the world.

Many artists have stayed in the village of Gordes and have contributed to its fame. Some, such as AndrĂ© Lhote, Marc Chagall, Victor Vasarely and Pol Mara came to stay.  To learn more about Gordes, and see some photos of the region, please go here.

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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