Updated: Aug 21
My name is Alexandre. I am 16 years old. I live in London. I recently stayed with Virginie in Provence for a few days of French immersion. Virginie was aware of my interests. For example, one day she organized a squash lesson for me because I told her that I was a passionate squash player. Another day, she took me to a museum when she found out that I liked art. Virginie took me to see an exhibition of David Hockney at the Granet Museum in Aix-en-Provence.
I. On the way to the David Hockney exhibition in Aix en Provence
Today, we went to Aix-en-Provence. I remember Virginie thinking I was crazy to go out in shorts while she was wearing a coat. We took the opportunity to take a tour of the city. We tasted one of the specialties of the city, whose name I have forgotten (it's called calisson). We had lunch with Virginie's collaborator and then we went to the David Hockney exhibition at the Granet Museum.
II. Where is the David Hockney exhibition in Aix-en-Provence?
We entered a monument. This monument is called the Granet Museum. Virginie tells me that this monument is the art museum of the city of Aix-en-Provence. It is named after François Marius Granet, a painter and art collector from Aix. The museum was created in 1838 and was installed in the former convent of the Prêcheurs. We entered a monument full of history to discover the David Hockney exhibition.
III. What can you see at the David Hockney exhibition in Aix en Provence
1. What paintings by David Hockney are exhibited at the Granet Museum?
We saw paintings spanning more than 60 years. His paintings are very colorful. I enjoyed the
exhibited works that were influenced by the cubist movement. That is the artistic style that I prefer.
Virginie particularly appreciates the paintings that David Hockney painted during his stay in Mexico.
For her, they are true masterpieces.
2. Why exhibit David Hockney's paintings at the Granet Museum?
This exhibition traces the artist's career. Aix-en-Provence is the last stop on this exhibition's journey. Also, David Hockney had a special connection with Provence. It was in 1978 that he visited the region for the first time. He was inspired by the beauty of the landscapes and the colors of the region. He stayed there several times from the 1980s.
III. What are the words related to David Hockney's exhibition at the Musée Granet?
A visit: une visite
An exhibition: une exposition
A museum: un musée
A painter: un peintre
A convent: un couvent
A canvas: une toile
A masterpiece: un chef-d’œuvre
An art movement: un mouvement artistique
The region: la région
A landscape: un paysage
I really enjoyed this exhibition, and I will never forget it.
If you are coming for an immersion stay in Provence, I really invite you to contact Virginie in Provence. She will be happy to make you discover the different aspects of Provence: landscapes and scents, but also culture, gastronomy... while helping you to improve your French.
Alexandre en immersion chez Virginie In Provence
IV. A word from Virginie In Provence
I take this opportunity to renew my gratitude to Naomi for trusting me and entrusting her son to me for a week. I also wanted to thank Alexandre for his work and commitment. It can be really stressful to arrive in a family we don't know. He participated in all the meals and games with us. He really took advantage of this opportunity to improve his French. So we can say that he really played the game.
If you come to my place for an immersion stay in Provence, I will make you discover the different aspects of Provence: the landscapes and the scents, but also the culture, the gastronomy... while helping you to improve your French. See you soon in Provence!
Virginie In Provence