In the Footsteps of Matisse: Adventure to the South of France

The Wandering Artist will be heading back to the South of France in July 2022 for a 7 night, 8-day Artists Retreat.

“Having done Atelier by Dominique Sutton in France this year (2019) I would totally recommend any future events she may organise.

Dominique had carefully preplanned the beautiful setting with just the right amount of art and adventure.         

She was extremely generous in every way and made sure we had enough time for her valuable art tuition. Overall it was a great experience and lots of fun with like-minded people.”           

Kathy Rosenmeyer

Henry Matisse lived at the Villa le Reve from 1943 to 1948. He created a sensuous world, bringing to Vence all the objects without which he could not draw or paint – jugs, vases tables and chairs, shells, and fabrics. Matisse produced Yellow and Blue interior of 1946, Large Red Interior of 1948, and many important works there.

Villa La Reve, Vence, South of France

The Villa offers an exceptional setting for artistic inspiration with its beautiful gardens and it is an easy ten minute walk into the historic centre of Vence.

This trip is a rare opportunity to work within these historic surrounds. You will be encouraged to develop up a body of working sketches and then progress to more sustained paintings ether in the studio at the villa or back on your home soil.

We will all meet in Nice where we will visit the Matisse and Chagall museums to whet your appetite and allow you to see some of the paintings that were actually painted from the rooms you will be staying in.

The Matisse Chapel is a five-minute walk from the villa. Called The Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, it is a unique building which was designed and constructed by Henri Matisse, as a monument to the gratitude he felt towards his nurse Monique Bourgeois. It is a profound space which combines the artistic and the spiritual, and is abiding proof of Matisse’s genius.

We have a wonderful week of drawing and painting in the grounds of the villa or in the three indoor studios. We will visit Nice and the famous antique markets, see Matisse’s other house, take a dip in the ocean and lunch in one of the fabulous beach clubs.  The beautiful old town of St Paul de Vence houses the Maeght Foundation – one of the best art collections in France. After a morning being inspired at the gallery will have lunch at La Colombe d’Or where Leger and Picasso used to dine and the walls are covered with original works

My interest in Matisse comes from his colour and form as one of the great masters of modernism “to have the opportunity to paint in the house that he lived and worked…. to see those same views is to be part of an amazing history.”

Suitable for all levels of experience.


  • Individual daily tuition by renowned Artist/tutor – Dominique Sutton
  • All meals – breakfast and dinner and lunches on location


  • Flights to Europe
  • Accommodation
  • Travel and health insurance (compulsory)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Art materials.

Find out more and make a booking

You can find out more about Villa le Reve, Vence by visiting their website.

When: 7 nights & 8 days in July 2022
Starts: Saturday, July 2, 2022
End: Saturday, July 9, 2022

Cost:  $4,950*

Please contact Dominique directly on +61 (0)409 573 800 for full retreat information and to reserve your space. Payment plans are available on request.

*Flights and accommodation not included.

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  1. Hi Dominique,

    I would love to join you on your New Mexico and Santa Fe trip next year…can you send me ALL you info. I’ve been fascinated by Georgia O’Keefe for years and Mexico and Sante Fe so sign me up! Hopefully we can actually get there xx

    • Hi Sophie – We are not taking bookings just yet until we have a clearer idea of when flights will open but I will put you on the list!

      x Dominique

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