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PROVENCE ARTISTS' GARDENS

JULIA DROSTE-HENNINGS
Photographs by MARIO CIAMPI

HARDCOVER / 240 pages
9-5/8 x 11-1/2 inches / 24.5 x 30 cm
220 color illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-1-905216-14-7

US $ 65

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DESCRIPTION

Over the centuries the outstanding beauty and fascination of Provence has attracted illustrious residents including many famous writers and artists. Today several contemporary artists have homes in Provence and many of them have applied their artistic sensibility to the landscape charged with history, creating exquisite gardens. Provence Artists’ Gardens presents twenty-one wonderful gardens created by the talented minds and hands of these artists. Their gardens take many forms: Jean Claude Farhi and Bernar Venet have created sculpture parks filled with massive abstract works; sculptural silhouettes by Sacha Sosno converse with their surroundings finding their ideal setting in the lush greenlandscape; assemblages created by Arman seem to grow along with the palms and evergreens encircling his house; Dominique Lafourcade has designed a classic garden with rigid lines and geometric hedges. Specially commissioned photographs by Mario Ciampi capture the captivating atmosphere of each garden. Most of the gardens shown have not been published before. The text by art historian Julia Droste-Hennings traces the course of each artist’s career and explores the personal relationship between the artists and their outdoor creations. The gardens presented in this book will undoubtedly inspire amateur and professional gardeners alike.

AUTHOR

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JULIA DROSTE-HENNINGS studied art history, philosophy, and German literature at the University of Salzburg. Since moving to the South of France in 1997 she has been involved in the elds of contemporary art and horticulture. She is the author of numerous publications, primarily on the art and culture of France.

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MARIO CIAMPI has been an architectural photographer for more than twenty-five years and his work has appeared in numerous magazines worldwide, and in particular, Casa Vogue and Architectural Digest

REVIEWS

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8/1/2008

San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles

Provence Artists' Gardens is a fascinating book for the waning summer days. Artists are profiled with the gardens and garden rooms they have created. It is about design and originality on many levels and it all takes place in Provence. Twenty-one gardens are featured with several photos. By Julia Droste-Hennings, 200 photos by Mario Ciampi, Verba Volant/ACC Distribution, 2008, hardcover, $65.

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8/1/2008

American Style

Touring a public garden is certainly a treat, but being able to peek into an artist’s private garden? Unimaginable. Author Julia Droste-Hennings and photographer Mario Ciampi invite you to step out of the imaginary and into reality. Provence Artists’ Gardens (Verba Volant, $65) leads you through 21 exquisite gardens in France that meld horticulture with sculpture.

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6/1/2008

Interiors

Boasting the likes of Van Gogh, Renior, Matisse and Picasso as once-residents, Provence holds a secret for sparking artistic genius. Is it the fields of lavender and rows of olive trees that incite a flutter of creativity? Perhaps it’s the brilliant sunshine and the sparkling blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

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5/1/2008

Landscape Architecture

Don’t buy this book expecting to learn anything about how to design French gardens. But if your coffee table can benefit from a large-format volume of gorgeous photographs of high-end gardens in the south of France that contain vibrant sculptures and other artworks by their artist/owners, and you have $65 to spare, you can’t do better than this handsome volume.

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4/18/2008

Deutscher Gartenbuch Preis

Provence Artists' Gardens takes second prize in the illustrated book category of the annual Deutscher Gartenbuch Preis. According to the jury the book is "sehenswerte, teils exzentrische Privatgärten jenseits des klassischen Kanons an Künstlergärten der Provence, photos und gestaltung überzeugend."