There is nothing more beautiful than starting the year from the panoramic view accessible from the Square Tower in the Suquet district of Cannes.
The 360° panoramic view opens up from the Pointe Croisette, through the Lérins islands, to the reddish massif of the Estérel and the snowy peaks of the Alps. The azure blue sky draws a perfect skyline with the calm sea which gives us a feeling of plenitude from the promontory.
In these often changing conditions, it is not surprising that the flagship city of the French Riviera has been a privileged holiday resort since the beginning of the 19th century.
Louis PASTOUR, "the painter of the sun"...
The Musée de la Castre at the foot of the Square Tower exhibits the works of the Cannes painter Louis PASTOUR (1876-1948) who was able to express with talent the views of the city and its surroundings. The exhibition Louis Pastour, the painter of the sun, started on 7/12/2020 and will last until 24/05/2020.
The painter, classified in the post-impressionist artistic current, composed many seascapes from the Pantiero, esplanade of the local small fishermen's port. His colourful and relief style stands out thanks to his preference for the use of knife rather than brushes. The impasto of pure colours juxtaposed merge at a good distance from the canvas. At the same time, this relief allows a warm light vibration that has seduced the public from his time to the present day.
A native of Cannes, he chose to stay in his home town to found a school of fine arts and participate in cultural life.
The variation of its quotation on the art market today is of little importance, it remains appreciated by artists and art lovers. Marguerite MAEGHT exhibited it in her first shop (her little girl yoyo, tells it in her book "La saga MAEGHT") at the beginning of the XXth century. Artprice mentions nearly 870 auctions worldwide.
This historic district of Le Suquet remains away from the glitter of the Croisette. Close to the remains of the medieval castle, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Bon Voyage, in a dominant position on the hill, welcomed the Emperor Napoleon.
At the bottom of the hill, the historic heart of the town is concentrated around the port, the town hall and the Forville market.
At the turn of the 20th century, luxury shops had already established themselves a little further away, near the Rue d'Antibes and the Croisette, which is easier to reach than the railway station and the seafront.
Since the arrival of Lord Brougham in 1834, the town has grown steadily, balancing the economy and local life with some success.
Louis Pastour wonderfully symbolizes this art of living by the sea in Cannes at the beginning of the 20th century until the birth of the Film Festival.