Claude Cezanne had his own studio built in Aix en Provence in 1901, it has remained intact since his death.
Claude Cezanne ‘s sanctuary
Built in 1901 according to Claude Cezanne ‘s own plans, the Lauves workshop is a sanctuary that has remained intact since his death. It is here, on the hill of Lauves, among the objects that were dear to him, the models of his last still lifes, his furniture, his work equipment, that you will feel the presence of the painter most intensely. From 1902 to his death in 1906, Cezanne worked every morning in this studio of light and silence, the cradle of dozens of works now kept in major museums around the world, including the last Grandes Baigneuses. The ground floor flourishes with beautiful Provençal floor tiles which color the place with shimmering rust hues and counterbalance the basic comfort of the workshop. Two living rooms, a bathroom and a kitchen allow Cézanne to rest during his long days of work.
A haven of peace
Upstairs, the studio is a silent haven of peace that remained intact thanks to Marcel Provence who acquired the property some time after Cézanne’s death in 1906. These five years spent here will be one of the richest and most fertile periods of his creative life. In particular, he painted the three versions of the Grandes Baigneuses on the original easel on display, as well as the ladder. The workshop has a boutique-bookstore, regularly hosts temporary exhibitions and offers cultural events in season. Coffee break and refreshments on site. Queen of his childhood landscapes, obsession of his life as an artist, the Sainte-Victoire mountain dominates the work of the master: 44 oils and 43 watercolors preserved in the great museums of the world and in private collections. The most famous paintings were painted from this marvelous panorama, located on Chemin de la Marguerite on the Lauves hill.
Reproductions on lava
Near the studio, the city of Aix-en-Provence has laid out the painters’ site: facing the mountain, nine reproductions on lava of the most beautiful “Sainte-Victoire” by Cezanne invite contemplation…
To get there :
Take the Chemin de la Marguerite, a 16-minute walk north of Cezanne’s studio.
• Go up the avenue Paul Cezanne, go past the roundabout of the Cezanne gate, take the stairs on the left which lead to the land of the Painters (private residence, please respect the tranquility of the residents).
• Parking for tourist coaches by avenue Filippi: respect the space located before the entrance to the residence.
9 Av. Paul Cézanne, 13100 Aix-en-Provence