Jules Cavaillès (1901-1977)
Oil on canvas
65 x 46 cm
Galerie Romanet, Paris, France
Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Albi, Hommage à Jules Cavaillès, 2017
This vibrant oil painting with a view of the harbor was painted by Jules Cavaillès in Saint-Tropez, France in the 1950s. Painted from the window of Hotel Sube, we see the Quai Jean Jaurès with the hilly landscape of Les Mas de Guerrevieille in the background. Many writers and artists frequent the Sube hotel: Paul Signac, the fauvists Charles Camoin, Henri Manguin and the writers Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette and Guillaume Apollinaire. Jules Cavaillès spent his holidays in the Sube hotel several times before buying his apartment in Cannes, France. Saint-Tropez has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It was initially a small fishing village, but its importance grew over the centuries due to its strategic location along Mediterranean trade routes. In the 20th century, Saint-Tropez gained international fame as a favorite destination for artists, writers, and celebrities. The town became a cultural hotspot in the 1950s and 1960s when it attracted prominent figures like Brigitte Bardot, who helped popularize the area. The town's association with high fashion, art, and celebrity culture has endured, and it remains a popular destination for the international jet set.