January is a time to start again, stay inside to the warmth of your home, but also to dream and start planning summer escapes.
The remarkable title ‘Provence Glory’ by writer and food critic François Simon and published by the prestigious publishing house Assouline, will make you want to travel to the South of France. In Paul Cézanne’s words, featured at the back of the gorgeous thick lavender cover alongside fantastic images: “When you’re born there, it’s hopeless, nothing is good enough.”
Pablo Picasso spent the end of his life in Provence, Vincent Van Gogh came to find new inspiration, Maja Hoffmann opened her LUMA Foundation there, Provence remains a hotbed of creativity, art, cultural initiatives and excellent food.
The stunning book elegantly mixes vibrant images, traditional shots of local landscapes, delicacies, movies, art, fashion and architecture to reflect the wealth of beauty Provence has to offer.
Stellar visuals and brilliant quotes by the likes of Henri Matisse, Frédéric Mistral, Marcel Pagnol, The Gipsy Kings, Christian Lacroix, and more admirable artists, designers, architects, cultural figures and musicians who love spending time in Provence or who are originally from the most beautiful region in the world like me, openly talk about their passion for Provençal lifestyle. I grew up in Arles, studied in Aix-en-Provence and lived near Marseilles so this book particularly resonates with my life.
What makes Provence so special and unique? Why does it inspire so many creative minds? Following the footsteps of so many other talents attracted to Provence’s lights including Alexander Calder and Gucci’s Artistic Director Alessandro Michele, French author and poet Jean Giono encapsulated it best: “There is no Provence. Those who love it love the world or love nothing.”
This fantastic and beautiful coffee table book will make you want to plan your next holidays in some of the most amazing places including Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse or Endoume in Marseilles, the Calanques of Cassis, Fondation Maeght, Cézanne’s Sainte Victoire and Château La Coste in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon’s Palais des Papes, or Saintes Marie de la Mer in wild Camargue, and to explore remote locations, traditional gastronomy and the most important cultural festivals such as Rencontres de la Photographie.
‘Provence Glory’ features in the Travel section of the leading luxury publishing house Assouline and sits among other beautiful titles including Comporta Bliss, Ibiza Bohemia, Tuscany Marvel, and Mykonos Muse among many others.