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 André 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.