Les Baux de Provence


Le Mas de la Dame by Van Gogh bandw copy from Mas

Landscape by Vincent Van Gogh (December, 1889)

(Reproduction copy from Mas de la Dame)

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The farmhouse still has the original olivepress of 1809.

The painting by Vincent Van Gogh of Le Mas de la Dame, owned by a Frenchman, was stolen while on loan for an exhibit in New York in 1989.

The above image, from an obscure website on the internet (which no longer exists), was attributed to Van Gogh, but I have not found any reliable or factual reference to this image from books on Van Gogh. A copy of the painting which I took a photo of at Mas de la Dame is different from this one. Perhaps an expert on Van Gogh’s paintings can tell us which of the brush strokes and style is that of Van Gogh’s.

Les Alpilles mountain range as viewed from the estate of the Mas de la Dame, across from the farmhouse.

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Le Mas de la Dame, established by Auguste Faye, is an estate which covers 740 acres, of which 140 acres is planted with vineyards and 70 acres with olive groves.

Laying at the feet of the legendary village of Les Baux de Provence  on the southern flanks of the sheltering Alpilles mountain ridge, the vines benefit from a unique terroir and a quite specific microclimate.Mas de la Dame

Le Mas de la Dame
Chemin Départemental 5
13520 Les Baux de Provence
Phone : 04.90.54.32.24
Fax : 04.90.54.40.67
Email : masdeladame@masdeladame.com

Days/Hours of Operation:
Cellar: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Sat/Sun 9am-7pm

Wine & Olive Oil Tastings:
7 days a week 8:30am – 6:30pm
(closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)

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Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background by Vincent Van Gogh

(June, 1889)

From the olive groves at the Mas de la Dame is a view of the fortress castle of Les Baux de Provence. Van Gogh may have painted his olive trees series at the Mas de la Dame.

Located a few kilometres away from the Mas de la Dame is the Monastery of St. Paul de Mausole built in the 12th century at St Rémy de Provence, next to the ancient Gallo-Roman town of Glanum, discovered in 1921. An asylum was part of the Monastery where Van Gogh stayed from May 1889 to May 1890.

There is a plaque at the entrance of the driveway leading to the Monastery, stating that Van Gogh’s olive trees were painted in the area. The perspective with the fortress of Les Baux de Provence in the background could only have been painted at the location of Mas de la Dame, and Van Gogh may have painted some olive trees from here, the ones without the fortress ruins.

A descendant of Auguste Faye recounted to me that Van Gogh sometimes paid for his meals or lodgings at farmhouses with his canvases. Perhaps somewhere in someone’s attic, or hanging on some farmer’s wall, or even used to wrap some market purchases, or cover a broken windowpane, is a canvas by Van Gogh. Farmers, you know, are practical people and not particularly leaning to the arts.

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Les Alpilles

The French Resistance to the German occupation of France during World War II began in the Alpilles (Wikipedia). According to a descendant of the family of Auguste Faye, many of the French men were off to war and the women of the area lived together at the farmhouse of the Mas de la Dame.