Jas du Bouffan
Tue, Thu, Sun: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
June-Sept (June 1 to September 30)
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Nov-Mar (November 1 to March 31)
Wed, Sat: 10 AM to 12 PM
Jas du Bouffan ("sheep hut" in the Provencal language), located on the far western side of Aix, about 1 mile from the center, is a large Bastide (Provencal manor house) purchased by Cezanne's father in 1859, when he was well on his way to becoming a wealthy banker. The large property included a pond, fountains, an orangery and outbuildings. Although Cezanne himself lived here only briefly after 1886, when his father died, Jas was important in the evolution of his work over four decades. Opened to the public only in 2006 in celebration of the centennial of Cezanne's birth, there is now limited access to the home. The grounds are free to everyone, and you will often find locals enjoying the walk around the property. A ticket also provides you with access to exterior sites from which Cezanne painted. Cezanne painted many views of the house, and first painted Mont Ste. Victoire here. Walls were covered with his work, and after his death hundreds of unfinished canvases were discovered.
Access by guided tour only.