Cezanne, artist of Aix-en-Provence was in his life time virtually unknown. But today Cezanne is a celebrated household name of the entire town and region.

When visiting this picturesque town, you can follow his footsteps by exploring the streets, places, and landscapes which he loved and provided him with so much artistic inspiration.

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To follow his footsteps you can visit the following places:

Cezanne’s Studio (Atelier De Cezanne)

For lovers of Cezanne 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.

Also, you can read letters that he wrote to his fellow painters, Monet and Manet.

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 Cezanne and his life here in Aix.

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Bastide du Jas de Bouffan by Ivan Herman on Flickr
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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.

And remember while you are relaxing in these gardens that Cezanne began plein-air painting (painting outdoors in the open air) producing his first Sainte-Victoire mountain from this garden. For more information about this estate, press here

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Sainte-Victoire mountain – Aix-en-Provence
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Sainte-Victoire mountain from Bibemus Quarry – Paul Cezanne
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Musee Granet

Musee Granet is a lovely museum with an impressive collection of art from the 14th to the 20th century.

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Musee Granet by Elliott Brown on Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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.

Bibemus quarry – Paul Cezanne [Public Domain]

It is a beautiful place to visit even if you are not a fan of Cezanne. 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 the famous Cezanne Artist!