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What has come to be known as the French country look is actually the style of Provence -- the sun-drenched region in the south of France centering on Arles, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence. It is a land of awesome stone chateaux, farmhouses painted in ochres and dusty roses, nation roads bordered by rows of graceful cypress trees, fields of lavender, trellised grapevines, red tile roofs, ancient hilltop cities this kind of as Les Baux, and the vivid blue of the Mediterranean along the Cote d\'Azur. The clarity of the light and the intoxicating sensuality of the landscape inspired Cezanne and Van Gogh.In over 450 complete-shade photographs, Pierre Deux\'s French Country explores all the rich elements of Provencal type. There are chapters on colours, materials, pottery, furniture, decorative aspects, houses, gardens, and French nation adaptations in the United States. A ten-web page directory delivers U.S. and French sources for regional antiques and modern goods.From the brightly patterned paisley cottons of Souleiado in Tarascon to the hand-blown glass of Biot and the hand-molded faience platters of Moustiers, from the huge 18th-century armoires and rush-seated banquettes and chairs to bread boxes, saltboxes, and chests with intricately carved floral motifs, the craftsmanship of the area imparts a particular luster, a vibrancy and warmth of shade and texture that survive in the works of these days, No matter whether presenting a charmingly rustic ranch deep in the horse nation of the Camargue, a Renaissance mas in the foothills of the Alps, or a wine-producer\'s estate near Saint-Remy, this book paints a vivid portrait of a land of grace and simplicity that is at as soon as exuberantly gorgeous, seductive, effortless, and sophisticated.
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