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Tourists in a Limestone Maze

Gordes, Provence, France
oil on canvas
36” x 24”

Paintings
  • Narrow, winding streets
  • Cobblestone paths
  • Hilltop village
  • Views of the Luberon valley
  • Local limestone all around

Under the hot afternoon sun the rich warm tones of the limestone dominate. The cool dark shadows provide contrast to the golden pallet. With added explosions of nature’s green this place is truly a painter’s delight!

Early history of this mountain top includes occupation by the Roman Empire. This village has a rich history from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

There was considerable destruction to many homes during World War II. After a period of reconstruction the village started to attract many well known artists like Mark Chagall for example. Today this is a vibrant artists’ community. While aimlessly wandering the narrow winding streets and discovering small art galleries, quaint restaurants, an explorer will very likely come across some equally lost tourists taking a peak through an archway or around a tight corner. Picture perfect postcard images at every turn.