An excellent concert of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Beethoven String Quartets played by Quatuor Ardeo in the beautiful medieval church at Audrix in the Dordogne.
Haydn String Quartet no. 3; Mendelssohn String Quartet no. 1; Beethoven String Quartet no. 3.
A very enjoyable evening at the Festival ‘8 de Montcabrier’, with a programme of Debussy, Satie and Fauré extremely well performed.
Debussy: Prélude à l’aprés midi d’un faune; Satie: Gnossiennes I, Piccadily, Gymnopédie I; Fauré: Sicilienne pour violoncelle et piano; Fauré: Fantaisie pour flute et piano; Fauré: Quatuor pour piano et cordes no. 1.
At Chateau de Biron in the Dordogne for the exhibition ‘Living Natures’. Representations of nature in art from the collections of the Maeght Foundation.
Wassily Kandinsky ‘Red Knot’ (1936)
Fernand Léger ‘La partie de campagne’ (1954)
Marc Chagall ‘Tour Eiffel à l’âne rouge’ (1954)
Georges Braque ‘The Bird and his Shadow’ (1959)
In Pont-Aven, Brittany, home of the Pont-Aven School of artists who gathered around Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard in the 1880s. Paul Serusier painted the work known as ‘The Talisman’ there, which would be instrumental in the beginning of the Nabis movement.
The Musée de Pont-Aven has an extensive permanent collection of paintings by Nabis artists and an excellent temporary exhibition of ‘La Modernite en Bretagne’.
Paul Gauguin ‘Les Lavandiéres à Pont-Aven’ (1886)
Emile Bernard ‘Madeleine au Bois d’Amour’ (1888)
At the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper for the exhibition ‘Paysages d’Odilon Redon’, a collection of mainly landscape paintings by Redon from his native Aquitaine and Brittany.
Odilon Redon ‘Peyrelebade, domaine familial près de Listrac’ (1896 – 97)
Odilon Redon ‘Saint Sébastien’ (c.1910)
Odilon Redon ‘Sommeil de Caliban’ (c.1912)
The port of Saint-Goustan, Auray, Brittany
A fascinating exhibition which shows the influence of non-western arts on Picasso’s career. On display are items from Picasso’s own collection of African and Oceanic art as well as works by him that they influenced.
Female Body Mask [Nevimbumbao], Vanuatu
Grebo Mask, Ivory Coast
Pablo Picasso ‘Three Figures under a Tree’ (1907)
Pablo Picasso ‘Standing Nude Profile’ (1920)