Monday, June 18, 2012

Free Day for Painters at the Villa Ephrussi

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (in St. Jean Cap Ferrat on the Côte d’Azur) is currently the second most-popular attraction in Provence, according to  (The Gorges du Verdon is #1.) After inheriting a vast fortune from her father, Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild built the home as a winter residence, filled it with a resplendent ''Rothschild-style'' collection of carpets, furniture, art, antiques, porcelain and objets, and used it from 1912 onwards--when she wasn't in Paris, Monaco or Deauville. And next Sunday, June 24th, the Villa Ephrussi is celebrating its illustrious artistic history with a lovely invite: the villa and its gardens will open free of charge to all amateur and professional painters, who are invited to come capture the surroundings in any medium they choose. Normally, admission is 12€ (adults) and 9€ (ages 7 to 17, plus students and teachers) but on Sunday it's free for all artists with materials. (Kids under 7, journalists and tourism pros with proper ID are always free.) If you've read the wonderful book, The Hare with Amber Eyes, you'll love the villa visit even more. For all the info, click here.


  1. Wonderful... and I will be in the area, so I might even get to stop by! Thank you for the tip. I had planned on visiting the Villa anyway. This is even better! Bonne journée from an overcast Paris. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  2. This is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth, I think.
    What a good use it will be put to when all the artists converge. Sounds wonderful. Wonder if photographers are considered "artists with materials?" xx's

  3. Love! What a lovely time in the perfect location that would be!

  4. Jules,

    Oui! This looks beautiful.

    Personally, the Gorges du Verdon is a favorite after I cycled it one summer and went swimming. It looks spectacular and is sooo refreshing. Fabulous to explore by bike!

    Thanks for writing about these dreamy Provence destinations. I will look to you for more travel planning tips!

    A bientot,
    Susan in NYC

  5. That sound heavenly and to see the work of artists would be amazing!!