Picasso's Pyrenees Tour

The lovely little town of Céret in the Catalonian Pyrenees near the Mediterranean became a mecca of Cubism and welcomed successive waves of painters to its lovely climate and low-key atmosphere. Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Gris, Soutine, Dufy, Cocteau, Chagall, Dubuffet, Tzara, and many others were attracted by its native artist, Manolo, and especially by Manolo’s friend and wealthy art patron, Frank Haviland. It was here that Picasso and Braque developed analytical cubism (those pictures in brown and grey with lots of lines in different directions and hard-to-recognize subjects). This group became known as the School of Céret. 

Come join us as we stroll the shady streets of Céret; visit the Modern Art Museum with its permanent collection of Picasso, Matisse, Soutine, Gris, Chagall, Dufy, and locals Manolo and Maillol; as well as the temporary exhibit in Fall 2017 of fellow Catalonian Salvador Dali; participate in the festival including dancing the Sardane in the streets, singing Catalonian songs, and listening to brass bands play Paso Dobles; learn from traditional lacemakers; and of course eat, drink, and shop for local delicacies and specialties, such as authentic espadrilles and bags woven in the vibrant colors of the port of Collioure.

Salvador Dali arriving in Céret with Amanda Lear.

Salvador Dali arriving in Céret with Amanda Lear.

We'll stroll over to the Pont du Diable, the arched and hooked stone bridge painted by many artists; and to Les Capucins, the monastery that heir Frank Haviland refurbished and to which he invited all his artist friends, such as Picasso, Braque, and Gris. We'll take a side trip to the Catalonian town of Perpignan and the charming port of Collioure, where Matisse and Derain spent several summers painting. 

And I'll share some of the stories that Frank Haviland told my father, Lee Kemble, about the famous artists he had known and fostered.

Frank Haviland, left rear, and Lee Kemble, right front, on the road to Les Capucins.

Frank Haviland, left rear, and Lee Kemble, right front, on the road to Les Capucins.

Come join us, we'd love to have you!

Dates

Sunday, September 10 - Monday, September 18, 2017

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