“Gaillac, Surprising Vines” Collection, Le Tarn : les chemins de la vigne.
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A classic view of Gaillac, in the heart of L’Occitane, a region long aeons famous for wines chosen for kings.
Landscape painting measures 60 x 92 cms (24″ x 36″), oils on canvas, available, £2,500, ex frame ex studio.
One of the paintings described as “more than a match for anything in the Musee d’Orsay“, by the acclaimed Gaillac historian and author Alain Soreano, when Alain introduced the inaugural showing of this ‘Gaillac Collection’ at the Maison Culturale, Ville de Gaillac, an exhibition during December 2016.
The town of Gaillac (pronounced guy’ak) at the heart of L’Occitane one of a series of paintings of the town and more outstanding chateaux.
This landscape painting was be completed on location with the kind permission of the landowner, my good friend Charles, Count de Noblet-Anglure, during September 2016
You are perhaps aware, Gaillac is a small, remote very varied and beautiful wine producing region with a long interesting history which includes some remarkable vines.
Today Gaillac wines have become quite chic among the young in London.
Around Gaillac people are working hard to develop these distinctive wines and their markets.
This painting was inspired by and has it’s roots firmly in the beautiful capricious river Tarn and the old quarters of Gaillac.
The town was a busy port, at one time over 200 barges were registered with the ‘Captainerie’ as built and maintained at the port.
The origins of the port and it’s trades are pre Roman; during Roman times the principal exports were pottery, wines, grains and timber.
The location is one very familiar to me, enjoyed on many varied occasions, often with friends.
This painting was a direct development of the ‘plien aire’ study “Gaillac, the best route to arrive…” which was kept in the studio while this picture was composed and created so contributed significantly to the colouring.
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