Monday, June 24, 2013

The Dora Maar House

I'm always amazed at what stumbling across one photo can lead to each day.  Last week, I saw the above photo on Pinterest with the simple caption, Dora Maar House. A little Googling led to not only more images but to the fact that the house is now home to the Brown Foundation Fellows Program open to outstanding mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities.

"Located in the village of Ménerbes, in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, this 18th-century town house was purchased in 1944 by Pablo Picasso for Dora Maar, the artist and Surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maar (1907–1997) owned the house until her death, after which a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes bought and renovated the house to transform it into a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists.
In 2006, the MFAH was asked to direct this project, now called the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House. Amenities include four private bedrooms, each with a private bath; three studies for writers and scholars; a studio for artists; and a piano. Residents share the kitchen, library, living, and dining rooms, and two garden areas. The house is equipped with high-speed wireless Internet access, laptops, a printer, and a fax machine."
I've missed the deadline for this year but I might definitely apply next year.  I mean, how amazing does this look and sound?!




















Photos from here and here

13 comments:

Wayne Pate said...

Wow! Great postHeather! What a great new discovery. I'm hoping they have tours of the house, it would be nice to make that a day trip destination!

Karen Albert said...

Heather how wonderful; you should apply! No evidence in the home of the tumultuous relationship between Dora Marr and Picasso. However there is enough of The angst in several of Picasso's portraits of Dora.

xoxo
Karena
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Pam @ Cherish Toronto said...

OMG, they got me at the front door! I love the crumbling steps, they say "Welcome to centuries rich in history." And don't even get me started on the view from the terrace. It's so beautiful that it makes my heart hurt.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

perfect for work on your book #2! And a homebase in europe ;-)

Wendela van den Broek said...

This is gorgeous! The area is so stunning, just imagine how inspiring staying there would be!


cheers, Wendela

Wendela van den Broek said...

What a stunning home! Love this post.


cheers, Wendela

parisbeekids.com said...

What an amazing place! I would love to visit!


xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

Laura Casey Interiors said...

How fantastic! I hope that you apply. Thanks for the wonderful photos.

MJH Design Arts said...

Go for it!
Mary

ted tarrant said...

Beautiful & peaceful. If you do travel to Menerbres you could take some photos of Les Quatre Sources also the last home of Roderick Cameron. It was located in Menerbres also. I would like to see what it looks like today.

BRASWELL said...

Grand Post + who knew + go for it girl. It is just beautiful. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Jennifer Hardy said...

Beautiful post Heather, thank you. What an amazingly inspirational location to work on your second book, which will inspire the rest of us!

Jennifer Hardy said...

Beautiful post Heather, thank you. What an amazingly inspirational location to work on your second book, which will inspire us all.

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