Saturday, March 10, 2012

Shadow Shot Sunday 143 - Jas de Bouffan



Jas de Bouffan is the country manor house owned by the Cezanne family on the edge of Aix en Provence. Cezanne attended the local lycee and started studying Law at university before switching to art school. His father gave him the Grand Salon of the house for painting, and Cezanne painted murals directly on the walls which are now recreated on the tour by a strange son et lumiere experience. The house has only been opened to the public in the past 6 years, and the interior now has a sad sense of abandonment, but it was interesting to see some of these removed paintings on display in the National Gallery in London a few days later....


The approach to the house is quite impressive with a long driveway lined by tall towering plane trees, and it is interesting to see how the shadow patterns cast by these trees can change so radically over just a few hours....


The house is certainly worth a visit if you are in the area - only available by guided tour booked in advance at the Tourist Office in Aix en Provence. Check out Shadow Shot Sunday for more shadows....Enjoy!!

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shadow shots for the day, Catherine, as always! I always love the tours you take us on and there is always more to enjoy than the shadows! Hope your weekend is going well!

Sylvia

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots and nice reflections on the last post :)

Cassie said...

Nice Shadow Shots. Even with the sun shining there is a coolness about them. I like that since it's already been 87 here in Phoenix! Happy SSS.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

One of our favorite artists! Love the trees lining the path to the house ~ bet it was gorgeous & the murals were amazing!!

Kelly said...

I like the web of shadows in the second shot. Beautiful!

EG CameraGirl said...

Tree trunks make such lovely reflections this time of year.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I think Cezanne would enjoy the shadow patterns in the second photo! Very much his abstract style! Delightful series of photos and informative comment!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice shadow shots.

Regards and best wishes

Madge Bloom said...

Strong shadows are filling your shots with drama... I like that!

Ralph said...

This house is grand, the old stonework an ancient treat. Given it is out of the way, this estate seems a great place to incubate the artist's ideas to make fine art. The tree lined entry is nice, too. A great capture, the house itself a real work of art...

sarayutouched said...

very stately. thanks for bringing us along.

namaki said...

thank you for this nice piece of culture !

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» would love to see this house!

He thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

chubskulit said...

I love that first shot! Thank you for your beautiful contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday.

House's Shadow, have a great weekend!

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful large views! Best wishes!

Eden said...

Beautiful shadows. Looks like it is a great place to visit.