Castelnau de Montmiral

The bastide of Castelnau de Montmiral in the Tarn was a second ‘home’ for Gordon Frickers for many years.

Chateau, Midi-Pyrenees

Chateau, Midi-Pyrenees, available, £2,000.

The Promenade (2)

The Promenade (2) Available, £2,000.

He first visited Castelnau de Montmiral in 1990 attracted by publicity for the Painting School of Montmiral

He arrived with a desire to learn more about his anomalous colour vision from the remarkable tutor Francis Pratt.

Red Bales, key to colour

Red Bales, key to colour available, £2,000.

CdM D A688

“Summer drought” Available, £2,000.

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Valley of the Vere, link to page

Valley of the Vere, link to page , available, £2,000.

 

Hot Rain

Hot Rain & After Hot Rain, Available, £2,000 each

After the Rain

After Hot Rain, & Hot Rain, Available, £2,000. each

The Golden Age, link

In Your Dreams, available, £3,000.

Castelnau de Montmiral

No one seems sure but the name seems to translate as the New Castle Upon The hill of the Far Seeing.

The origins of Montmiral are lost in the mists of time and L’Occitane.

Traces of Roman remains exist, never properly documented.

The hill was important because for long eons it guarded the main route from Montauban to Gaillac.

The present ‘modern’ bastide,  cité médiévale, was built in the 13 th century by the Count of Toulouse as one of a chain of fortifications, forteresse imprenable, to help secure his northern borders from the barbarous raids of  English, Gascons and French.

The town successfully survived the attentions of the ‘Black Prince’ and two further attacks during the French religious wars.

The little town has not changed significantly  since it was built so today enjoys the status of Les d plus beaux village de France.

Mostly Montmiral has dozed peacefully down the century’s and has been home to the Painting school of Montmiral for some 30 plus years.

Courtesy of Francis Pratt there is a more detailed account of Castelnau de Montmiral as ‘further reading‘ linked to the painting “The Promenade (2), enjoy.

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