Santons D’Art Avignon France!

While visiting Provence this spring, I was fascinated by the Santons D’Arts. These are handmade and hand painted terra-cotta figurines made throughout Provence depicting everyday village life. They were first made in Provence in the mid 1700’s and the art form continues to this day. Check them out:
What struck me about the Santons was how similar they are to the folk art Retablos I posted about earlier this year from Argentina. Check out the link and note the similarities:
Both the Retablos and the Santons D’Arts are folk art that originally depicted religious scenes, but both also evolved to depict scenes from everyday life. Check out one more example of each, one after the other.
Santons D’Art
Folk Art Retablos Argentina
Remarkable aren’t they? And Remarkably similar, although quite distant from each other geographically.
It is a small world. Our similarities greater than our differences,

74 thoughts on “Santons D’Art Avignon France!

  1. The little figures are wonderful, and it is amazing how connected we are in spite of distance and differences in culture around the world. Lovely photos – – as always.

  2. jalal michael sabbagh.

    Incredible post Cindy,a world of new images.Thank you for the visit.have a blessed day.jalal

  3. “It is a small world. Our similarities greater than our differences,” – Well said! Thank you for sharing your wonderful captures of these charming figurines!

  4. Love your images–they remind me of my last visit to Provence where I had a figurine made for a research project. It’s a long story. That entire area of France always feels like home for many reasons. And I only had a teeny tiny bit of French DNA.

    1. I would love to hear the story. You have sparked my curioustiy. What figurine for what research project? Yes, the welcoming warmth of Provence and the French people is something very special.

  5. I love how they depict life of our ancestors before hitting the shore of North America and how many traditions have been kept alive within our families here and there! Beautiful post my friend πŸ™‚

  6. melanie

    Aren’t I lucky to live in France?!… πŸ™‚ I like them all… so colorful and joyful! πŸ™‚

  7. I LOVE miniature everything, and these scenes are so complete. The colors are brilliant, too, for hand-painted figurines. They look brand new! but they certainly can’t be.

    The street is so cool, too. You sure capture some awesome sites, Cindy…:)

    1. I love minatures too! Often toyed with the idea of doing an intricate doll house, but now blogging takes up too much of my time. Thank you my friend. You are very kind AND clever~

  8. deep love of Provence…some even speak another language there, at one time competing with French as the national language; Occitan, closer to Catalan than French. Nice figures.

    1. Yes I am familiar with this. Like Romansch in the borders between Switzerland and Italy. Provence is a wonderful place in so many different ways. Cheers to you & thank you~

  9. Thankyou so much for the suggested link Cindy Dear!I so much enjoyed Avignon’s colours and culture!Amazing representation,when I click and double click each image,I am stunned!
    It was during summer when you posted it and I was away again.Take care πŸ™‚ xxx

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