Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Joseph Garibaldi, Marseille's Modest Maestro
I have to admit I'd never heard of Joseph Garibaldi. But a new exhibition in Marseille opening this week spotlights this little known local artist, who spent his life lovingly capturing the city on canvas as well as the surrounding area. His paintings are gorgeously luminous, with shimmering Mediterranean blues and striking, unusual geometric compositions. But you'd never guess from paintings like the one above (Large Sailing Ship at Cassis) that he was a contemporary of Picasso. Click here to read more.