Suggested Reading List
Artists in Residence
Author: Dana Micucci
Description: An attractively illustrated guide to exploring the homes of 19th-century artists in and around Paris, including Giverny, Auvers and Ornans. An excellent guide for day-long excursions outside Paris with a focus on nature and art.
Cezanne, Landscape into Art
Author: Pavel Machotka
Description: A handsomely illustrated survey of Cezanne's landscapes, paired with photographs of the real places that inspired him. This is an intriguing look at the great artist's inspirations and processes.
Eyewitness Guide France
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This superb guide to all of France features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Eyewitness Guide Provence & the Cote D'Azur
Author: Roger Williams
Description: This is an illustrated, colorful guide to the art and architecture, literature, history and attractions of Provence. With photographs and site plans, maps and sections on the Riviera, the Var, Bouches-du-Rhones, Vaucluse and the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence.
Fodor's Paris' 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket map and guide includes essential information on the city's history, highlights and sightseeing, ideal for a short visit to the City of Light.
Description: A colorful, accurate and up-to-date map of France at a scale of 1:1,000,000.
Author: Belinda Thomson
Description: A readable account of the French Impressionist movement and its most notable artists, illustrated with color reproductions. This book's thoughtful analyses of individual works are illuminated by solid historical and cultural background.
Letters on Cezanne
Author: Rainer Maria Rilke, Joel Agee (Translator)
Description: This brilliant meditation on Paris, art, and life takes the form of a series of short letters by the great poet Rilke to his wife Clara. The book chronicles Rilke's daily pilgrimage to a Cezanne exhibition at a Paris gallery.
Lust for Life
Author: Irving Stone
Description: Emotionally charged, controversial and utterly readable, this well known, fictionalized biography probes the life of Van Gogh from his auspicious beginnings as a London art dealer to his death at 37.
Made in France, A Shopper's Guide
Author: Laura Morelli
Description: Both a fascinating history of France's artisanal legacy and an insider's shopping guide, Made in France includes illustrations, maps, a primer on French shopping culture, and craft festivals.
Making Paradise: Art, Modernity, and the Myth of the French Riviera
Author: Katherine Silver
Description: A scholarly, wonderfully illustrated history of the Cote d'Azur from 1890 to the present with a focus on its importance to modernist artists.
Monet's Garden in Giverny, Inventing the Landscape
Author: Marina Ferretti Bocquillon
Description: Published in conjunction with the new Musee des Impressionnismes in Giverny, this luminous collection captures Monte's beloved works and the landscapes that inspired them.
Author: Borch Maps
Description: A sturdy laminated map of the city center at a scale of 1:12,000 and all of Paris at a scale of 1:15,000.
Parisian Chic, A Style Guide
Author: Ines de la Fressange
Description: Icon of chic and quintessential Parisienne, Ines de la Fressange includes her favorite offbeat museums, shops, salons and spas, restaurants, cafes and hotels in this charming guide, jammed with photographs, drawings and hand-written lists.
Renoir, My Father
Author: Jean Renoir
Description: Originally published in 1958, the great filmmaker's portrait of his father remains the standard biography of the Impressionist master -- personable, informative and affectionate. With 12 color plates.
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Author: Vincent Van Gogh, Ronald De Leeuw (Editor), Arnold Pomerans (Translator)
Description: There are many versions of Van Gogh's letters, but this Penguin Classic edition is as good as any, a thorough selection of writing that highlights the artist's love for his art and family.
Author: Emile Zola
Description: Zola's novel tells of the downfall of a painter in 19th-century Paris, based on his childhood friend Cezanne. This classic is evocative of the artistic life in turn-of-the-century France. It was also the novel that would end their friendship.
The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France
Author: Ina Caro
Description: Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.
Vincent Van Gogh, The Passionate Eye
Author: Pascal Bonafoux
Description: From Paris to Asnieres, Amsterdam and Provence, this jewel of a book traces the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, the spirited, self-destructive painter who celebrated the south of France. Engaging, compact and illustrated with hundreds of photographs.