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After the Templars were driven out, the fortress was abandoned for several centuries. In 1680, it became 49 A Journey into Matisse’s South of France Les Vins de Collioure The Knights Templar began the vineyard tradition in the hills above Collioure in the eleventh century; today, it is still a mainstay of the local economy. The wines of the Côte Vermeille have a naturally high alcohol content, in part because of the crushing heat and the Transmontal wind, which causes the grapes to dry quickly after summer rain.
The Côte d’Azur is a landscape of dramatic contradictions, where lavender fields, olive trees, St. Tropez, circa 1900. 23 A Journey into Matisse’s South of France windswept salt flats, mountain cliffs, and radiant beaches are all part of the sun-drenched terrain. Traveling to St. Tropez by train likely took the Matisses through much of France overnight. But as light grew in the morning, they would have begun to see the passing countryside of Provence. From the train window, they would have watched as small, boxy houses with pink and ochre walls and tiled roofs, walled cemeteries, deep forests of cypress, chateaux, and vines and olives slipped by in the fog of morning.
Over the next few years, Signac made his home at 1 La Hune (The Crow’s Nest) in the steep hills above St. ” The house had a wild garden and a commanding view of the sea. ” But the story has a sad ending. Two years after her arrival and ascent to Ligurian royalty, villagers made a human sacrifice of Phryne in a plea to the gods to keep away foreigners in the future. Alas, she died in vain. Phryne was merely the first in a seemingly endless procession of outsiders to arrive in St. Tropez and reshape it in their own image.