Vermeer to Van Gogh: The Dutch Masters “Play” Provence

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night at Carrières des Lumières

Come one and all to experience the spectacular immersive sound and light show now playing at Carrières des Lumières, a former interior quarry turned art venue, just a stone’s throw from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Displayed on the massive limestone walls, fabulous digital exhibitions devoted to major artists have been wowing spectators since 2012.

This year’s extravaganza, From Vermeer to Van Gogh: The Dutch Masters, concentrates on the Golden Age of Dutch art during the 17th Century. In addition to works by the two giants–Vermeer and Van Gogh–famous works by Pieter de Hooch, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, and Jacob Van Ruisdael are also featured.

As if all that star power wasn’t enough, the multi-sensory art history lesson also includes a short program that sweeps the viewer into the 20th century. Mondrian, Architect of Colors, traces the journey of Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), from his native Holland to New York City. In this vibrant metropolis crammed with soaring skyscrapers, far removed from austere northern European vistas, Mondrian explores minimalism—famously portrayed as geometric power grids in bold primary colors.

While viewing the rich worlds comprised of interior and exterior scenes as interpreted by these Dutch masters, the impact of the experience is greatly enhanced by a booming, varied sound track. Rossini’s William Tell Overture one minute and Nina Simone’s rousing rendition of Feeling Good the next. Be prepared to be astonished!

And bring a wrap—it’s chilly in there.

Decking the halls with Ruisdael’s sumptuous flowers.

Happy spring—just around the corner!

Bises, Gayle


What a privilege it was to attend the March “literary lunch” hosted by the international group BritsNîmes to chat about my books, Passion for Provence: 22 Keys to La Belle Vie and The Birdwatcher’s Wife: A Quest across France for Birds and La Belle Vie. The exceptionally congenial Yvette Judge conducted the lively interview—a delightful experience!

One thought on “Vermeer to Van Gogh: The Dutch Masters “Play” Provence

  1. Your photos are fabulous photos Gayle, We have been to several of these – but always in summer – so hot outside and blissfully cool inside. Each one we’ve seen has been stunning. They are extraordinary experiences.


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