The Charm of the French Countryside
This souvenir from France really does paint a picture of the kind of charm that makes the French countryside worth visiting and exploring. It just has a certain alluring charm that is derived largely from its beautiful landscapes. Many people make France and the Provence synonyms. Perhaps because of its definite Mediterranean feel, or its wine, or its rich art life.
But, located in the South East of the country, the Provence is only one of France's regions. Le Provence was the first province that the Romans created out of Italy.
The Provence and the Arts
The arts have been related to this province since ancient times. The visitor shoudn't miss the horses and bisons painted during prehistoric times in nearby caves. During the Middle Ages, the churches were exquisitely painted such as Frejus Cathedral where the visitor gets a chance to know what life was like in that times. But it was during the Renaissance that the region produced the most prolific painters including Nicolas Froment, Pierre Paul Puget and Louis Brea. All three painted religious themes in the local churches and cathedrals.
Later painters include Paul Cezanne, Paul Signac, Adolphe Montielli and Vincent Van Goh. In the Twentieh century, a long list of painters lived in the region, some of which worth mentioning include first and foremost Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Edvard Munch and Pierre Deval. The Provence served some painters not only as a place of residence but also as a source of inspiration. For example, Paul Cezanne captured some of the Provence well known landscapes in his paintings. This fridge magnet will be a great addition to your French collection.