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In the Footsteps of Matisse: South of France

June 22, 2019 - June 29, 2019


Dominique Sutton of Atelier is delighted to be hosting an amazing painting retreat to the inspiring Villa Le Reve, the home of Henri Matisse in the medieval town of Vence on the French Rivera.

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. 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.

We will paint under the expert guidance of Dominique Sutton. She is an internationally renown artist and a passionate and encouraging teacher. This trip is a rare opportunity to work with her in 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. There will be trips to the local markets and to the Maeght Foundation in the beautiful old town of St Paul de Vence. We will have lunch at La Colombe d’Or where Leger and Picasso used to dine and the walls are covered with original works.

Dominique’s love of France began as a young woman where she would regularly skip across the channel to immerse herself in the great galleries and museum’s of Europe. This early opportunity imprinted deeply on her psyche and she travels to France on a regular basis for inspiration. She has previously taken a group of artists to the Villa la Reve with Wendy Sharpe.

Dominiques 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.

Included in the cost for the expedition are all tuition, accomodation, meals, beverages and cleaning for the villa. Transfers from Nice to the villa are included as well as any excursion related travel and ticket admissions; however any airfares or other transportation arrangements other than the nominated trip from Nice are not included in the package price. Please note that although daily meals will be provided at the villa any external meals taken at restaurants are not included in the package price. Further details on the schedule for each day and specific requirements will be sent to participants on request.


June 22, 2019
June 29, 2019


Dominique Sutton
0409 573 800


Villa Le Reve, Vence, South of France.
Villa Le Reve
Vence, Cote D'Azur France
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