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The Carrières de Lumières at Les Baux de Provence near the Hôtel Fabian des Baux ***.

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Artistic director: Virginie Martin / Stage direction and animation: Cutback

This digital creation presents the genius of the painters of the North through a real immersion in authentic painting, as close as possible to nature and its subjects. The public is taken on a walk through everyday reality, in the footsteps of the great masters who approached the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Painting light and its atmosphere is the common thread running through the exhibition. Direct or subdued, cold or sunny, light reveals the façades and the intimacy of homes.

Set sail for the cities and stroll through this Vermeerian atmosphere, where the inhabitants invite us to enter the canvas. Vermeer, like a film-maker, chooses his setting and stages a world in suspense. His paintings are like synopses that open the way to an almost Hitchcockian mystery, where you are part of the mise-en-scène. The king of chiaroscuro, Rembrandt then invites us to introspect.

Night settles in the heart of cathedrals, immersing you in a spiritual atmosphere surrounded by biblical subjects. An outstanding portraitist with a powerful sense of realism, it is his Ronde de nuit (Night Round) that closes the series of portraits in apotheosis. From Abraham Bloemaert's kingdom of the gods to Hendrick Avercamp's frozen expanses, from Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom's sea to Jan Steen's festive tavern, the exhibition takes you back to this fascinating Dutch world.

Van Gogh, a worthy heir to that 17th-century generation, finally takes you away to the sun and night of the South. His lively, emotive brushwork sculpts the material and in turn sublimates landscapes, self-portraits and still lifes. Like a colourful final bouquet, surround yourself with a nocturnal, dreamlike painting, and lose yourself in the stars.

Artistic director: Virginie Martin
Direction and animation: Cutback
Production: Culturespaces Digital®

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