Written by Provence Confidential. Posted in Tours & things to do


Above is a tribute to Van Gogh's A Starry Night by Arman, the French painter, sculptor and artist whose work is currently on exhibit in Les Baux de Provence. This photo was provided by the Arman Foundation whom I thank. But in no way does this image fully capture the impressive size and power of the artwork.

Paint brushes are literally affixed to the canvas from the dried paint giving the work added depth and creativity.  His clever way of trapping items in acrylic and plexiglass are well worth a viewing. Several hundred compasses frozen inside an acrylic shell titled "Donde Vas" was perhaps one of my favorites.

A replica of Arman's studio in Vence has been set up along the visit in Les Baux which highlight his use of used materials in his sculptors. Mountains of TVs, typewriters and musical instruments await some inspiration. Arman, whose birth name was Armand Fernandez was born in Nice in 1928 and he passed away in NYC in 2005. His works had been exhibited in France, Israel, Brazil, Portugal , Spain, Taiwan, Lebanon and the USA (non exhaustive list). Some of his most impressive artwork including items loaned from private collections has been assembled to create a truly inspiring exhibit in Les Baux.

Open from June 4th through October 16th 2011 , follow the ARMAN Trail in Les Baux de Provence for 7 euros. and

And if you have children between 7 and 12 years of age with you sign them up for one of the workshops held from Monday to Friday at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm while you visit the exhibit and one of France's most beautiful villages.

Photo La Grande Nuit 1994 290 X 413 cm © François Fernandez, Fondation A.R.M.A.N.