This is where Cubism was born on this 7 hectares rocky plateau: an operative quarry for Aix monuments until the eighteenth century. Cezanne discovers the place in a state of neglect: the vegetation has reclaimed, but the ocher rock has kept the shape of men’s work. In the striking architecture of this exceptional nature, the artist gives birth between 1895 and 1904 of world-renowned works, such as “The Red Rock”.
Today at the heart of the Grand Site Sainte-Victoire, Bibemus quarries reveal all their pictorial majesty through a built path around the shed where the artist stored his works and sometimes slept.
Around the Cezanne’s shed, the laid out path in the shade of tall pines will let you discover the motifs painted by Cezanne, its famous red rocks, geology of the plateau and the quarrying producing stones used to build Aix monuments from antiquity to the eighteenth century. Cezanne painted 11 oils and 16 watercolors in this landscape where mineral and vegetal are complementary.
All quarries are part of Cezanne sites and can be visited.
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Carrières de Bibémus
3090 chemin de Bibémus
In 2020, the guided tour of the Bibémus Quarries is included in a minibus tour, departing from the Aix-en-Provence Tourist Office:
DISCOVERING THE PLACES OF CEZANNE: BIBÉMUS QUARRIES AND THE PAINTER’S STUDIO