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Zinedine Zidane the famous footballer, was born in Provence
In the past:
The famous actor. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 .
Marcel Pagnol (1895-1970), born in Aubagne, is known both as a filmmaker and for his stories of his childhood, Le Château de la Mere, La Gloire de mon Pere, and Le Temps des secrets. He was the first filmmaker to become a member of the Academie Francaise in 1946.
Frédéric Mistral (1830 - 1914) is recognized as one of his country's foremost nineteenth - century poets
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), painter, was born in Aix-en-Provence, and lived and worked there most of his life. The local landscapes, particularly Montagne Sainte-Victoire, featured often in his work. He also painted frequently at L'Estaque.
Alphonse Daudet (1840-1897) was the best-known French writer from Provence in the 19th century, though he lived mostly in Paris and Champrosay. He was best known for his Lettres de mon moulin (eng: Letters from my Mill) (1869) and the Tartarin de Tarascon trilogy (1872, 1885,1890). His story L'Arlésienne (1872) was made into a three-act play with music by Bizet.
Jean Giono (1895-1970), born in Manosque, wrote about peasant life in Provence, inspired by his imagination and by his vision of Ancient Greece.
Paul Arène (1843-1896), born in Sisteron, wrote about life and the countryside around his home town.
Henri Bosco. (1888-1976) born in Avignon. Regionalist writer and poet (The Child and the River. Barboche etc..) the French equivalent to Mark Twain, and his heroes, who live in Provence by the river Rhone, are often youngsters exploring the mysteries of the countryside and nature.
Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette) (1873-1954), although she was not from Provence, became particularly attached to Saint-Tropez. After World War II, she headed a committee which saw that the village, badly-damaged by the war, was restored to its original beauty and character .
The light in Provence and the colours are so vibrant that many artists came to live in the area, even though they were not natives.
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Van Gogh lived little more than two years in Provence, but his fame as a painter is largely a result of what he painted there. He lived in Arles from February 1888 to May 1889, and then in Saint-Remy from May 1889 until May 1890.
Auguste Renoir (1841-1919). Renoir visited Beaulieu, Grasse, Saint Raphael and Cannes, before finally settling in Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1907, where he bought a farm in the hills and built a new house and workshop on the grounds. He continued to paint there until his death in 1919. His house is now a museum.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954). Matisse first visited St. Tropez in 1904. In 1917 he settled in Nice, first at the Hotel Beau Rivage, then the Hotel de la Mediterranee, then la Villa des Allies in Cimiez. In 1921 he lived in an apartment at 1 place Felix Faure in Nice, next to the flower market and overlooking the sea, where he lived until 1938. He then moved to the Hotel Regina in the hills of Cimiez, above Nice. During World War II he lived in Vence, then returned to Cimiez, where he died and is buried.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Picasso spent each summer from 1919 to 1939 on the Cote d'Azur, and moved there permanently in 1946, first at Vallauris, then at Mougins, where he spent his last years.
Paul Signac, The Port of Saint-Tropez, oil on canvas, 1901 Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Bonnard retired to and died at Le Cannet.
Georges Braque (1882-1963). Braque painted frequently at L'Estaque between 1907 and 1910.
Henri-Edmond Cross (1856-1910). Cross discovered the cote d'Azur in 1883 and painted at Monaco and Hyeres.
Maurice Denis (1870-1943.) Denis painted at St. Tropez and Bandol.
André Derain (1880-1954). Derain painted at L'Estaque and Martigues.
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), whose wife was from Nice, painted in Forcalquier, Marseille and Martigues.
Albert Marquet (1873-1947), painted at Marseille, St. Tropez and L'Estaque.
Claude Monet (1840-1927). Monet visited Menton, Bordighera, Juan-les-Pins, Monte-Carlo, Nice, Cannes, Beaulieu and Villefranche,and painted a number of seascapes of Cap Martin, near Menton, and at Cap d'Antibes.
Edvard Munch (1863-1944.) Munch visited and painted in Nice and Monte-Carlo (where he developed a passion for gambling), and rented a villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in 1891.
Paul Signac (1863-1935). Signac visited St. Tropez in 1892, and bought a villa, La Hune, at the foot of citadel in 1897. It was at his villa that his friend, Henri Matisse, painted his famous Luxe, Calme et Volupté" in 1904. Signac made numerous paintings along the coast.
Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955). Lived in Nice and Antibes.
Famous English speaking people who settled in Provence or wrote about it after living there:
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), bought Castel Sainte-Claire in 1927, on the site of a former convent in the hills above Hyères, where she lived during the winters and springs until her death in 1937.
F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) and his wife Zelda first visited the Riviera in 1924, stopping at Hyères, Cannes and Monte Carlo, eventually staying at St. Raphaël, where he wrote much of The Great Gatsby and began Tender is the Night.
Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) bought a house, the Villa Mauresque, in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in 1928, and, except for the years of World War II, spent much of his time there until his death.