Weekend Brunch #16: Billionaires, Boats & Art aplenty – Welcome to St.Tropez

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Brigitte Bardot in St Tropez by Slim Aarons via Getty Images

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Saint Tropez? The billionaires. The boats. The billionaire’s boats. Or, the charmingly narrow streets, Tropezien culture, and art (lots of it)…

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Aside from the luxury retailers and quaint local shops, every corner we turned homage to art awaited. From ateliers and many a gallery space, all showcasing entirely different concepts – we were welcomed by the artists, gallery owners and the art itself. A few ateliers were closed (over the lunch period, as to be expected), however the ones we did get to experience were incredible!

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Admiring gorgeous glassware in the window of an atelier, a stone’s throw from the main port.
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Charming library in Saint Tropez

Another quest was for delightful scenery and hidden gems, nestled in and around the cobbled streets.

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Yet another beautifully cobbled pathway, with stone buildings in classic Provence style
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Exploring contemporary art in Saint Tropez

As previously mentioned (on several occasions!) we are extremely fond of the Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist movements, as such it was superb to explore the area enjoyed and lived in by Paul Signac – who often hosted other artists such as Matisse, in and around the local area. It is no wonder Signac set up camp here. The climate, surroundings and ambiance are magnificent for artists. Speaking of which, present day artist Ivan Hor – who specialises in nautical art (specifically boats) from paper, mixed media sculpture to paintings – is a local who lives and works in the heart of the town, near the port and Citadel.

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Ivan Hor’s atelier in Saint Tropez
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Ivan Hor’s Atelier in Saint Tropez
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Ivan Hor’s Atelier in Saint Tropez
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Sasha de Saint Tropez – contemporary art gallery
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Library – Saint Tropez

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Taking a stroll along the cobbled paths
Taking a stroll along the cobbled paths
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Art

A real highlight of the day was the Mason Noirez Gallery. Why? Our lips are sealed. You simply must go and find out for yourself…

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Mason Noirez Gallery
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Mason Noirez Gallery
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