The Côte d’Azur without the snobbiness!

Or that is how Frank Preston described Cavalaire-sur-Mer In an article in the Daily Telegraph travel section. According to Frank you get the same sun, sand and sea that St. Tropez has but with “normal” people instead of billionaires. The town was once a fishing village and has a population of just 7,000 but it has 300 days of sunshine per year. The Romans and the Phoenicians were there as well as the American army who led the Allied invasion of Southern France by landing in the bay on August 16th 1944.

This next watercolour is signed by P Boggon, dated 1985 and entitled ‘Bars, Cavalaire’. It took me a while to decipher that but I am fairly sure I have the right place now. Here is the nearest photo I could find to the painting:

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Here is the painting itself:

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I wonder why he chose that view instead of this:

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All he had to do was look the other way!

Painting with Scissors

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This is how Henri Matisse described the cut outs that he created in the latter part of his life. Confined to a wheelchair from 1941 until his death 14 years later, Matisse found great liberation in this form of creativity. “Une seconde vie” is how he described it.

My next charity shop find is entitled ‘Relief’ and signed PB. A relief is the projection of forms or figures on a flat background. So, although this watercolour is well painted it so obviously lacks the vitality of a Matisse cutout.

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Unfair to compare them of course but quite an interesting comparison at the same time.