In the nearly perpetual dusk of summers in the south of France, the air is thick with the intoxicating provençal scents of lavande and jasmine and late afternoon drives along the winding backroads with the windows down are one of the best ways to take it all in. Jamie and I have decided to make it a tradition to take to the open roads as the sun begins its long descent each evening. And tonight we found ourselves in a lovely little village located in the foothills of the French Alps, Ménerbes.
Ménerbes is a walled village on a hilltop in the Luberon Mts. and is best known for being the former home of Dora Maar, Picasso's muse. The Dora Maar house has since been converted into a fantastic residency program for international artists run by the Brown Foundation in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The chateau is situated at the end of a road at the top of the village and provides spectacular views of the adjacent vineyards in the valley below. This evening as we walked the gardens of the chateau I couldn't help but make a few portraits of my very own muse and Jamie was kind enough to agree.