Paul Cezanne, artist of Aix-en-Provence was in his life time a virtually unknown painter. However today, Cezanne is a celebrated household name all over the world and especially in Aix and region.
When visiting Aix-en-Provence, you can follow Cezanne’s footsteps by exploring the streets, places, and landscapes which he loved. This picturesque town provided Cezanne with so much artistic inspiration.
In the Footsteps of Paul Cezanne:
Cezanne’s Studio (Atelier De Cezanne)
For lovers of Paul Cezanne’s art, I highly recommend that you visit his studio where he painted in the final 4 years of his life. The studio is only 50m2 in size but it is teeming with many objects that he used in his many famous still life paintings.
During your visit, you will feel like Cezanne just popped out to paint his beloved mountain, Sainte Victoire and will be back shortly to finish another painting.
A wonderful audio guide providing great explanations is available for 3€ and it is well worth the extra cost. For more information, press here.
Cezanne’s Family Home – Bastide du Jas de Bouffan
When Paul Cézanne was 20 years old, his father, the wealthy banker, bought the Jas de Bouffan Estate.
TIP: To visit this house, you need to book a guided tour in advance at the Tourist Information Office. To book send an email to: reservation.aixenprovencetourism.com
The guide takes you into what was once the family home of Paul Cézanne. You get to see one of the main rooms which was Cézanne’s studio. In addition, you are able to explore the surrounding gardens.
The guides are excellent and tell you delightful stories about Paul Cezanne and his life here in Aix.
To get there, you can walk there from Aix going westwards from Rue Celony to Cours des Minimes which becomes route de Galice. Or take a number 8 bus to the Corsy stop.
The gate to the house is on the left side of the road. The large, shady garden has plenty of seats to relax if you are early for your tour.
While you are relaxing in these gardens, remind yourself that Paul Cezanne began plein-air painting (painting outdoors in the open air) from this garden. In fact, he painted his first canvas of the majestic Sainte-Victoire mountain from here. For more information about this estate, press here
Musee Granet is a lovely museum with an impressive collection of art from the 14th to the 20th century.
In particular, it has a fantastic collection of the impressionists and post-impressionists. The Collection includes paintings, drawings and sculptures of famous artists such as Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas and Cezanne from the 19th century. Also collections from the major artists of the 20th century such as Bonnard, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Laurens, Léger, Klee, Bissière, De Staël and Dubuffet… Press here for details of times and location.
The Bibemus Quarries
In the heart of the Grand Site Sainte-Victoire, Bibemus quarry displays gorgeous
orange ochre rock formations that were loved and painted by Paul Cezanne.
It is a beautiful place to visit even if you are not a fan of Paul Cezanne. The incredible orange ochre rocks and soil are a magnificent natural wonder not to be missed. Take note that the trail is a little rough so only suitable if you have no mobility issues.
The quarry can only be visited with a guide, but it is worth doing as the guide will tell you the exact locations of Cezanne’s most famous paintings in this quarry. The tour in the quarry takes around one hour. To book a tour, press here.
Another way to see these fabulous sites, is to book a two hour walking tour with the Aix Tourist Information. It only costs 10 euros per person. Press here for more details
If you plan to base yourself in Aix-en-Provence, great accomodation options are available on Booking.com. Click on this link to view your options.
Enjoy your visit in Aix and following the footsteps of their highly celebrated famous son, Paul Cezanne!