L'Estaque, a small fishing village near Marseille, captured the souls of great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artist. Eight enameled plaques, sprinkled through the village, allow us to stand where the artist painted.
Cezanne discovered L'Estaque in 1864, returning often, always taking a room in the same house...painting 60 pieces during the next 10 years. He wrote to a friend of the red roofs and blue sea...adding how the terrific sun silhouetted objects in red, blue, brown, and violet.
Renoir visited and the two great artist painted side by side....capturing the same scene in their individual styles...leading Renoir to comment..it was the most beautiful place in the world.
Today, even a rainy Sunday did not stop this father from fishing with his children..
Or interfere with 3 friends fishing nearby..
3 young boys dived into the sea...never thinking of the raindrops...
And I found the perfect dry view...dining, overlooking the many boats beyond..
Enjoying the terraced houses that rise up the hills...
The sun brought the artists...but even rainy days allow its charm to shine through.