Village Atelier

The fifties in Provence.

Vallauris, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Roussillon…

For generations, the luminous colors and crystalline light of the south of France have attracted artists, and it’s no wonder Picasso, Capron, Cocteau, Brauner, Eluard and many others chose to settle there in villages to devote themselves to their art. Their exchanges gave birth to an extraordinary creative emulation that inspired a whole generation of artists.

Like silent witnesses of their presence, brushes, fabrics and pigments inhabit a workshop where ochre is made, highlighting the solar and boundless vitality of these great artists.

Revisited workshop garb, patterns from paintings or ceramics, mixed earth tones, chalks and patinas shed new light on this precious heritage.

Heather Kemesky photographed by Charlotte Lapalus.