Ochre and Lavender Blue of Provence

The colours that house the people of Provence come from nature and thus are beyond merely pleasing on eyes that seldom settle upon such vivid colour and light. Shutters, how can one become so smitten with shutters? Well their rustic nature coupled to painting them blue, lavender blue or navy blue is astonishing, that’s how! Set against the ochre walls they are a delight.

 

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It is obvious that where the ochre comes from, and the blue of darker shades is harvested from the skies. The lavender blue from the fields of lavender that enliven this region.

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The clear blue of the sky against the ochre cliffs of  Rousillon, for example,  is such a wonderful combination that is transferred into the environment of the locals. The colours of life. The colours of Provence. No wonder Van Gogh was drawn to the region.

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