Starting on 8 March 2013, the monumental Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence will be the venue for a brand new show entitled "Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean". With Marseille-Provence 2013 endorsement, this show will be using multimedia capability as a vehicle to convey emotion and invite you to wander freely around the quarries following the variations of 16 great artists on the subject of the Mediterranean. It will take us from one movement to the next in a long journey to the heart of pictorial modernity, on the shores depicted by Impressionism, Pointillism and Fauvism… up to Chagall.
In the second half of the 19th century many artists left Paris and the North behind, attracted by the light of the South, setting up their easels between the Spanish border and the Italian Riviera. Their artistic personalities were revealed through the contact with seascapes portraying the Mediterranean coast which they depicted in a wide diversity of styles.
After a prologue devoted to Joseph Vernet, you will be plunged in seven sequences into the universes of the Impressionists, with Monet and Renoir, the Pointillists, with Signac and Cross, the Fauves, with Camoin, Derain, Vlaminck, Friesz, Manguin, Marquet and Valtat, etc. not forgetting Matisse. They will also discover the palette of bright colours used by Bonnard and Dufy, ultimately coming to one of the most important colourists of modern art - Chagall. Fifteen or so artists and as many different ways of representing the Mediterranean and its extraordinary light.