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
and objects
(although some recreated I'm told)
he would use as motifs in his works -
 overcoats, hats,
three skulls,
porcelain, fruit, fabric, bottles.

"People think how a sugar basin has no physiognomy, 
no soul. 
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
had clashed,
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
and humility.

"I could paint for a hundred years, 
a thousand years without stopping 
and I would still feel as though I knew nothing."


Stiligahem said...

Such an interesting place captured so beautifully by you.

Ann-Charlotte @stiligahem HTTP://

Audrey said...

Beautiful images Rebecca! and so interesting to see his atelier. I always love to see how you captured your journeys! I will be in the south of France end august, in Cannes. Counting the days.

Rebecca Skye Watson said...

Thank you so much dear Ann-Charlotte
for leaving such lovely words behind
~ it was a treat to visit that special place... x

Rebecca Skye Watson said...

Thank you dear Audrey!
Exciting that the Soutf of France
beckons ahead for you...
Cannes wasn't too far from where we
stayed for the final part of our journey,
and we popped over to see it one evening.
Wishing you a gorgeous rest of the summer!

Rebecca Skye Watson said...

And apologies for the typo... :)