Céret in the foothills of the Pyrénées, southern France

Céret is a small Catalan village in the foothills of the Pyrenees, 12 kms from the Spanish border and 30 kms from Perpignan. As well as being a lovely French southern town it was also known as the ‘Mecca of Cubism’. The wonderful Museum of Modern Art http://www.musee-ceret.com/mam/index.php has examples of work from the many artists who lived there.

1950 Céret: Picasso, Pierre Brune, Consuelo Araoz and Eudaldo

1950 Céret: Picasso, Pierre Brune, Consuelo Araoz and Eudaldo

We were looking for the 30 or so bullfighting ceramic bowls that Picasso donated to the town and they didn’t disappoint. He wanted to try his hand at making pottery and spent only a week creating and pulling apart the clay until he created something unique. For example he created a jug then stretched and pulled the clay so the jug itself becomes the cockerel with its beak the spout. Really powerful ceramics and so modern looking.  Céret also holds an annual bull running festival around the weekend of Bastille day 14th July.

Water towers with old advertising signs for Aigube

Water towers with old advertising signs for chocolate from Alguebelle

The museum has original artwork of some of the famous artists who stayed here: Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Herbin, Soutine. The museum has brought art out into the streets and you’ll see copies of the work of art together with the street scene that inspired it – great idea and fun to walk around discovering the paintings, then see the original in the gallery.

A street in Ceret

A street in Ceret

Céret is a lovely town to walk around, the streets are lined with rills of water coming down from the mountains and lots of interesting shops and shop fronts, bars and restaurants.

Shop front in Ceret

Shop front in Ceret

We stayed right in the centre at the Hotel Arcades http://www.hotel-arcades-ceret.com/en/ good location and nice room.

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