An Inspiration for Artists

Colourful Collioure, which first mesmerised Matisse in the early 1900s, has become a hive for aspiring artists, lured by it’s scintillating sights.

Bright, bold colours and styles are the “plat du jour” (order of the day) where anything goes – except the ordinary!

Even the drainpipes are interesting!

Restaurants are adorned with alluring ornaments…

and pedestrian pavers are pretty!

A festive fisherman announces the upcoming Anchovy Festival…

… while a crafty stall at the flea market reminds us to wax away our unwanted winter woolly bits! Completely unconventional and, therefore, completely Collioure!

It’s captivating kaleidoscope of colours and textures are so playful that it’s no wonder Collioure is considered the birthplace of Fauvism (in the style of the wild beasts) – artists who threw their paint brushes at classical, Realism and really painted with their hearts.

At every seam, it’s bursting with charm!

With it’s beautiful, rich, enchanting nuances, it’s no wonder it attracted artists such as Matisse.

Henri Matisse 1905/1906. The Siesta: Interior at Collioure.

André Derain (Matisse’s student) 1905: “La Phare à Collioure. (The Lighthouse).

Henri Matisse 1905 “La Moulade”.

The originals of these are kept in various art galleries around the world.

Then there is Matisse’s most famous “La Fenête Ouverte” (The Open Window) also painted in Collioure in 1905.Yet, with all the magnificent manmade morsels surrounding us, it was always the Masterful Artist’s timeless wonders that drew us back for another taste, time and time again.

“Que vagi bé, Collioure” (farewell/take care, Collioure – in Catalan)

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