Art in the Lot Valley

Many and many are the artists to have been inspired by the landscapes of Quercy. From the origin of humanity, at Pech-Merle (at Cabrerets), via Henri Martin (in Labastide-du-Vert) or André Breton (in Saint-Cirq Lapopie), embark on this overview of Art through the ages along the Lot valley.

The cave of Pech Merle

Painting of punctuated horses in the Grotte du Pech Merle
Painting of punctuated horses in the Grotte du Pech Merle
Cave of Pech Merle

Art in the Lot valley finds its origins here, in the cave of Pech Merle de Cabrerets, where you can admire more than 800 paintings dating from 29 years ago, as well as works created by nature: spectacular croncrétions, but also spinning tops and cave pearls.

André Breton House

Breton house in Saint-Cirq Lapopie
Breton house in Saint-Cirq Lapopie

Inspired and inspiring artist if any, André Breton, the leader of the Surrealists fell in love with the village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie for which he declared "I stopped wanting myself elsewhere". The house he bought and lived in is now maintained by the association La Rose Impossible.

Workshop of artists and craftsmen around Saint-Cirq Lapopie

Follow in the artist's footsteps and explore the surrounding galleries

The Henri Martin Museum

What do the Capitole de Toulouse, the Élysée and the Lot Prefecture have in common? Henri-Martin, post-impressionist painter, who designed the sets in all these places. He had chosen to set up his studio in the Lot, at Labastide-du-Vert, near Cahors. It is therefore quite natural that the City of Cahors created a museum in his honor. Nature and light combine to offer the public ideal conditions for visiting. 52 paintings make up the Henri-Martin Collection. But the museum will be much more than the showcase of his works. Will also be exhibited monumental archaeological pieces, evoking Divona Carducorum, the Gallo-Roman name of Cahors and, further on, the medieval history of the city. Finally, Léon Gambetta, a native of Cahors, will also be honoured, through the history of ideas and the Third Republic.  
In short, a visit full of surprises, which will take you back in time, interactively (we won't tell you everything, it would be too easy).

Workshops of artists and craftsmen in Cahors and surroundings
Wall 2 Douelle
Wall 2 Douelle
S. Mazelie
The wall 2 Douelle

Follow the meanders of the Lot, take a leap into history and here you are in front of the largest work of street art in Europe! The artist Didier Chamizo has reinterpreted the history of wine and the vineyard de Cahors from Adam and Eve to the present day on a fresco 120 meters long and 6 meters high. 

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Primitive art collection of the Château de Cayx

Pre Arts Collectionmiers
Pre Arts Collectionmiers
Prince Consort of Denmark

In the cozy atmosphere of the vaulted cellars of Cayx Castle, you will discover the primitive art collection African and Asian patiently and passionately brought together by the Prince Consor of Denmark. Asian jades, African statues and masks and Inuit works will surprise you with their beauty and diversity. 

Workshops of artists and craftsmen in the vineyard of Cahors

Nino Ferrer

Exhibition dedicated to Nino Ferrer in the Montcuq tower
Exhibition dedicated to Nino Ferrer in the Montcuq tower
A. Auzanneau

Musician, singer, painter, poet… Nino Ferrer multiplied gifts and sensitivities. A mosaic of talent which combined so well with the palette of charms of Montcuq and white Quercy... He had chosen to put his instruments, his brushes, his family and his quest for serenity there.  
"The South" that he wrote here evoked precisely "all those places where you feel good", he explained. Montcuq always thinks of him, of his simplicity: one of his paintings evoking the village, visible at the town hall and a floor of the medieval tower devoted to his discography attest to this.

Artists and craftsmen in white Quercy
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