Traveler Bound for France Wants to Brush Up on Works of Paul Cezanne

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Traveler Bound for France Wants to Brush Up on Works of Paul Cezanne


Byline: Madelyn Merwin

Q: I'm a fan of Paul Cezanne's art work, and I'll be in France this summer in the Provence region. Are there any museums or tours dealing with Cezanne and his work?

A: If you want to know about Paul Cezanne, then you must go to Aix-en-Provence, the city in which he was born in 1839. Once there you may visit a number of sites dealing with his life from birth until his death in 1906 at the age of 67.

For example, Cezanne's studio is a small museum that houses a collection of the artist's souvenirs in an authentic atmosphere. It's open year round but hours are seasonal. It's located at 9 Avenue Paul Cezanne.

Guided tours of Cezanne's haunts are popular. His footsteps are traced through the streets of Aix to the Sainte-Victoire Mountain, a favorite subject that appears in at least 50 of his paintings.

The route is marked by a series of brass stamps embedded in the ground and embossed with the letter C and follows the paths he took through the town. Guided tours, about two hours in length, take place every Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office.

There is a half-day bus trip that explores the sites immortalized by Cezanne. Again, these leave from the Tourist Office. Detailed information is available from the Office de Tourisme, 2 Place du General de Gaulle, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France. …

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