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Wooden Shutters and Limestone

Avignon, Provence, France
oil on canvas
18” x 18”

  • Thick limestone walls
  • Neutral background
  • Shutters are beyond weather worn
  • Patina is almost metallic
  • Architectural detail, work of an early mason.

Limestone has been quarried in Provence since the Roman era. From these quarries was extracted the white limestone used to build towns, roads, walls, etc.

Limestone is a sedimentary rock, composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and mollusks. The colours vary depending on where the quarry is located and the components of the sediment. From this earth the towns were born.

This image captures in its details the geology of the area and the architectural history.