The French Riviera: A Cultural History

Paperback | April 10, 2010

byJulian Hale

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The French Riviera conjures up images of yachts on an azure blue sea; the dark green of pines and swaying palms; sports cars on the Corniche roads; the Monte Carlo casino and the Cannes film festival. But as Julian Hale reveals in this fascinating volume, there is another Riviera. Above Monacotowers a ruined reminder of Roman power, the Emperor Augustus' Trophy of the Alps. Monuments to Napoleon and Maginot Line forts testify to turbulent times, while statues and gravestones recall the belle Epoque. Churches and chapels along the coast and in the inland villages contain pictorial andarchitectural treasures from the Brea family during the Renaissance to Picasso and Matisse in the twentieth century. If the Riviera has had its critics - Somerset Maugham famously called it "a sunny place for shady people" - it remains the epitome of glamour. Julian Hale reveals how a piece ofrugged inaccessible coastline was transformed into a byword for luxury and hedonism - but always with a special beauty of its own.

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The French Riviera conjures up images of yachts on an azure blue sea; the dark green of pines and swaying palms; sports cars on the Corniche roads; the Monte Carlo casino and the Cannes film festival. But as Julian Hale reveals in this fascinating volume, there is another Riviera. Above Monacotowers a ruined reminder of Roman power, th...

Julian Hale is a writer and broadcaster who divides his time between London and Menton.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:April 10, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195398742

ISBN - 13:9780195398748

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction: Paradise Imagined1. Via Aurelia: The Roman RivieraLa Trophee des AlpesVia Julia AugustaCemenelum and AntipolisForum Julii (Frejus)Fragments2. A Paradise at War: The Riviera as BattlegroundThe Middle AgesNapoleon and AfterThe Maginot LineThe Pont St.-LouisOccupationThe Champagne CampaignWar and Peace3. A Dynastic Record: Monaco and the GrimaldisThe Story of MonacoMonte Carlo and the CasinoA Succession of PrincesThe Rainier and Grace Effect4. Snobs, Consumptives and Penpushers: The BritishFirst ComersThe Great InfluxLat ComersNobs and SnobsNew Comers5. Roubles and Roulette: The RussiansThe Belle Epoque-Russian StyleRevolution and ChangeThe Rouble's Return6. An Azure Dream: The AmericansFirst ImpressionsThe Literary EliteThe Very RichLiterary Refractions7. Natives and Neighbours: The FrenchLitterateurs by the SeaColette and St.-TropezThe Dark Side: Simenon and SartrePoets and DrinkersDangerous LiaisonsFootnote 1: The Languages of the RivieraFootnote 2: The Food of the Riviera8. Finding the Light: Art, Music and Cinema on the RivieraThe Nice PrimitivesJean Mirahlet and the PenitentsThe Brea CirlceThe Acceptance of ArtRiviera CollectionsArtists on the Riviera: Renoir, Matisse and ChagallPicasso, Leger and BonnardJean CocteauNallMusicCinema: Nice's Studios and the Cannes Film Festival9. Building the Dream: Religious and Secular ArchitectureThe BaroqueThe Nineteenth CenturyGrand Hotels and CasinosThe Modern VillaThe Twentieth CenturySynagogues, Mosques and PagodasIn Context10. Eden Tamed: The Art of CultivationUntamed BeautyThe Hanbury GardensHistorical GardensCollectors' GardensShow GardensEze and Cap Ferrat: Exclusive PlaygroundsUrban OasesPort-Cros11. Hilltops and Islands: Tall Stories from the Back CountrySte.-Agnes, Gorbio and CastellarCastillon and SospelRoquebrunePeillon and Peille, Plus EzeBehind Nice: From the Paillon to the Var ValleysBehind CannesBehind St.-TropezThe Avant-Pays: Islands off the Riviera CoastFurther ReadingIndex of Literary and Historical NamesIndex of Places and Landmarks