The Farmers of Provence

A past brought back.

I sat in the market, on crates, and painted. In French, this is called 'en plein air'.

You're not carefully painting from a photograph. Your painting will not be tidy and neat as you're working fast to capture the moment and movements.

The farmers didn't pose. They simply went about their business of selling their produce. They set up early in the morning, before sunrise. Their produce was fresh. You bought your eggs and enough food for one or two days. We students didn't have fridges so the stuff would have gone bad.

No bags were brought your own.

Market days were Monday, Wednesday & Friday in the square. On Tuesday and Thursday the flowers were sold in the same square. Every week you bought your flowers.

Their day ended when they sold out.