De Staël down south

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“NI­CO­LAS DE STAEL EN PROVENCE” HO­TEL DE CAUMONT CEN­TRE D’ART

Tired of Paris and is search of a new source of light, Ni­co­las de Staël left for Provence in July 1953. He stayed in the South of France un­til June 1954. The 71 paint­ings and 26 draw­ings in this ex­hi­bi­tion, on loan from pres­ti­gious pub­lic and pri­vate col­lec­tions, all date from this pe­riod bathed in sun­light. Ini­tially liv­ing with his fam­ily in Lagnes, then alone, be­fore trav­el­ling to Si­cily, the painter soaked up in­spi­ra­tion for his works in such in­ci­sive colours from the land­scapes he dis­cov­ered. En­chanted by his beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings and an im­prob­a­ble love af­fair with a woman, he reached a turn­ing-point in his al­ready suc­cess­ful ca­reer. Mar­seille, Nice, and Agri­gente, to­gether with the Provençal and Si­cil­ian hori­zons, meta­mor­phosed un­der De Staël’s brush, be­com­ing blocks of flat colour on his can­vases. His trav­els changed his paint­ing rad­i­cally. This ex­hi­bi­tion is a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­plo­ration of the work he com­pleted dur­ing the most pro­lific days and nights of his en­tire ca­reer. (M.P.)

27 April-23 Septem­brer 2018, 3, rue Joseph Cabas­sol, 13100 Aix-enProvence, caumont-cen­tredart.com

Ni­co­las de Staël, Agri­gente, 1953-54, pri­vate col­lec­tion/Courtesy Le­fevre Fine Art, Lon­don. Ni­co­las de Staël, Si­cily, View of Agri­gente, 1954, Musée de Greno­ble © Adagp, Paris, 2018

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