One of Chagall's most famous paintings - "I and the Village" (1911)

One of Chagall’s most famous paintings – “I and the Village” (1911)


The season is in the starting blocks. Kick off is soon.

Activity begins with the re-opening of a new show, Chagall, in the Carriere de Lumieres near Les Baux-en-Provence (about 15km from St Remy-de-Provence).

Located in the heart of the regional Alpilles park near to the tourist hub of St Remy-de-Provence and the Roman town of Glanum, lies this unusual attraction – appealing to locals and tourist alike. Once a working quarry, the Val d’Enfer was exploited for industrial purposes until 1935. The white colour of the limestone and its ease of extraction meant that these quarries had been worked since the second century BC.
These quarries(carrieres) were used to construct Glanum, the nearby medieval village and castle of Les Baux-en- Provence. It is from this name that we have ‘bauxite’ – a red mineral extracted and used for aluminium since the 1800s. A special saw – the Crocodile Saw – was developed and could be used by one man and was pulled only one way at a time. About a metre of stone was cut per day, per man!

The quarry has been taken over by CreateSpace a well know Paris-based entertainment and museum company to create a stunning sound and light spectacular. This year in the fourth show they have done and promises to be a spectacular one.

Marc Zaharovich Chagall (July 7, 1887 – March 28, 1985), was a Russian-French artist skilled in several major artistic styles. Chagall was one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century. He was an early modernist who was proficient in nearly every artistic medium, including fine art prints, painting, tapestries, book illustrations, ceramic, stage sets, and stained glass.

For more information on the new show and viewing times, click here.


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