A visit to Paul Cézanne's atelier
on the outskirts of leafy and elegant Aix-en-Provence.
A studio of silence and light.
Despite dodging the crowds with my camera
during a hot day,
this is the place where once only he would enter
to reflect & work in peace.
His atelier is filled with light
(although some recreated I'm told)
he would use as motifs in his works -
porcelain, fruit, fabric, bottles.
"People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy,
But it changes every day,"
he once said.
Crumbling layers of paint,
the walls the most soothing tone of grey,
kissed by the passing years.
He had initially painted everything white,
the guide says,
but the reds reflected from outside
and so he painstakingly mixed pigments
that would form the perfect backdrop.
Despite the crowds,
you sense his presence
& feel inspired by his passion,
enduring hard work
"I could paint for a hundred years,
a thousand years without stopping
and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."