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Colors of Provence: Traditions, Recipes, and Home Decorations from the South of France Hardcover – February 9, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301365
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #711,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Artists have long been attracted to Provence for the quality of the light and for the dramatic color; now Colors of Provence demonstrates just what Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and others found there. Divided into chapters entitled "Red," "Orange," "Yellow," "Green," "Blue," and "White, Black, & Gray," the book is a feast of photographs celebrating the vermillion walls of a small French village, the shades of green in a Provençal herb garden, the cerulean blue of lavender spindles. In and around these luscious photos Michel Biehn weaves a net of words describing the culture and customs of Provence, with a few recipes thrown in for good measure. The Colors of Provence is a book made for dreaming over, ideal for those who have seen Provence for themselves, and those who hope to one day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This is the book I will offer to all my friends who love France." -- Southern Accents --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By west on March 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Michel Biehn records in loving and sensuous detail the customs and culture of his native Provence, using color as an ingenious organizing theme. The book goes far beyond the cliched lavender. It reveals the purples that fill Provencal gardens at Easter: lilac, iris and wisteria; the deep indigo that dyed the "jute de Nimes" exported to the United States as "denim" (de Nimes) by Levi Strauss; the hot saffron that flavors bouillabaisse; the orange coral marketed at Marseille; the white-on-white boutis embroidery on quilts and linens for the traditional trousseau; the red stone villages rising from the red earth; the yellow of sunflowers, straw hats and bright silk petticoats. Biehn's particular interest, and expertise, in traditional Provencal fabrics and costumes provides a logical palette on which to juxtapose these dramatic colors. Filled with memories, history, folklore, poetry, garden wisdom and mouthwatering recipes, The Colors of Provence is illustrated with ravishing color photos of Provencal landscapes, homes and objects.
This book has very much enriched our journeys in Provence and prodded our memories when we reminisce about them. Michel Biehn's idiosyncratic list of his favorite places to visit in Provence has led us to wonderful restaurants, shops, tile works, fabric stores and museums. We found it a valuable resource for understanding the significance of artifacts in village museums in Provence, and especially the collections of the extraordinary Provencal folk museum - the Musee Arlaten - that poet Frederic Mistral established in Arles with his Nobel prize money. A lovely and lively book perfect for planning a journey to Provence or dreaming about one.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book as a gift upon returning from a trip to France, and this more than any of my travel photos will remind me of and make me yearn to be back in Provence. Very beautiful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2012
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I ordered this book hoping it would show the true colors of Provence. It does that well in a picture book that captures the feeling and dramatic beauty of this French region, in its ripened exteriors, homey interiors, and rustic artifacts. Perhaps it is just "me," but when I opened the book at random, I was startled and dismayed to see a large photo of a bullfight. While this slice of life may in fact add authenticity in some readers' minds, to me it was so upsetting I am thinking of pasting those two pages together so I can enjoy the rest of the book! If I were browsing a book on the charms of New York City, I wouldn't want to stumble across a photo of a dog fight. There is a place for everything, and I don't think animal cruelty is what the typical decorating book lover hopes to discover in a pretty volume of this sort, even though it may, like the beheading of chickens, be a commonplace in this part of the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss French to be on July 23, 2011
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This book is an good foray into the French provencial colours and decorating basics. It is lovely to be able to get some insight.
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By NY reader on September 28, 2013
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This book was a read, but not a keeper. I look to be inspired and this did not do it.
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