Céret – les choses modernes et traditionnelles

January 5, 2012

One of the quintessential images of traditional Céret must be Place des Neufs-Jets. .

Céret is described as  a ‘lively hub’  in my guide book – not quite sure what that means –  but assume that it is a reference to a town that shows obvious pride in its connection with many artists.  The Musée d’Art Moderne houses an eclectic mix of 20C  art – much related to artists who settled within the area – so the famous – Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Mirò – and less well known but equally interesting – Frank Burty Haviland, Manolo, Edouard Pignone  – and some of the present like Toni Grand. A modern building, by Jaime Freixas, that works very well in the setting of the town . . .

and also as a series of linking interior spaces  . . .

 . . . and courtyards.

By Boulevard Maréchal Joffre, a front garden – the sounds of the ‘water feature’ echoed around – ridiculous in its’ hubris – not modern just tacky, in my opinion . . .  

. . .  and, just close by, the traditional but still beautiful.

In the gallery, very much enjoyed a series of poetic/poetry hangings  or, rather, installations  by Joan Brossa  ‘al pintor Joseph Riera i Aragó i les series joguines astrales’

2 Responses to “Céret – les choses modernes et traditionnelles”


  1. […] The cloisters attached to the cathedral were started in the Romanesque period, so, 12C, and built on through the Gothic period to end of 14C. The main material is blue marble from Céret […]


  2. […] Baixas Blue and Sandstone and  Red Marble from Villefranche-de- Conflent. The marbles are from Céret. The palace is organised around three courtyards 60 metres square – other courts lead off to […]


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