From 5th to 25th July  in the château


Henry LARREGOLA, oil paintings

Opening Wednesday 5th July at 6 p.m.

Free admission from Friday to Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

and all days by appointment : tel. 04 68 78 38 93

A painter of the natural landscape, Henry Larregola, from Saint-Nazaire d’Aude, portrays on canvas all his experience and knowledge as a gardener. Fruits and flowers display colours and delicious shapes of such a softness, as if in a diaphanous cloud of morning dew. This style of painting is described as “La nature morte” (Still life) but here, by contrast, it appears very much alive !

“La dame Jeanne, bonbonne en verre paillée” (a demijohn), painted in soft focus, very difficult to achieve technically, comes to life on the canvas and in our minds.

He studied with Marc Champieux, whose own teachers included no less than Georges Braque, Cézanne and Picasso. Eighteen months spent in the studio of this celebrated Hérault painter, have left their mark on his work.

The artist describes his style as “rustic painting”, inspired on a daily basis by his own extraordinary garden, where he and his wife celebrate their shared passion.

He was one of the first painters to exhibit at the Château in 2002.

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From 2nd to 18th August in the château


Claudie CAPDEVILLE, watercolours

Opening Wednesday 2nd August at 6 p.m.

Free admission from Fridayy to Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m.

and al days by appointment : tel. 04 68 78 38 93

After studying Drawing at the Beaux-Arts in Nîmes, she chose watercolour as her medium of expression. For many years she combined her work as a teacher of Literature with her passion for painting, often succeeding in bringing together these two disciplines, portraying with her pupils the works of the great local poet Paul Pugnaud, at the same time revealing those ties which unite literature and painting.

For her, watercolour is a sister to poetry ( as with Mallarmé who, in the 1880’s brought together artists and poets in his home). The essence of the watercolourist’s art, like the poet’s, is to interpret the world as she conceives it, or as she wish it to be.

First of all, in order to create, for all of us, there must be an emotional tension, and the need to “speak”, to describe. Then comes the work, the “crossings out”, the constantly repeated sketches. Finally the artist delivers her work, and Claudie Capdeville’s watercolours offer us the first freshness of reality as she interprets it, a soft and sensitive reality with luminous, transparent colours.

We should really apply to her watercolours these words from Marcel Proust : the appeal of watercolour “lies in a sort of metamorphosis of what is represented on the paper which, in poetry, we call metaphor”.

She has exhibited her watercolours many times in the Château since 2000, often alongside painting classes. At one time she was our Artistic Director, and was responsible for organizing by such well-known watercolourists as Marie-Line Montécot and Ewa Karpinska from 2007 to 2013.