Murals in local towns

The French love murals (fresques) on the outsides of buildings, and they are found in towns and cities all over France. The fun thing about murals is that they add a scenic interest to an otherwise bland wall or building, suddenly adding an element that is at once thought-provoking and charming, with a story to tell that is quite often tongue-in-cheek humorous. My favorites are the ones that incorporate local history and traditions, bringing the past to life, as if it were part of present-day life.

Here are some we have seen on recent drives. Remember, these are all painted – almost nothing is real, even if your eye is tricked into thinking it is. This is the fun of trompe l’œil (tricking the eye).

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A faux storefront, homes, garage, staircase and terraces ~IMG_5729

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A faux neighborhood ~IMG_9572

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Town symbols and history ~IMG_4697

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The local economy – wine production ~IMG_9311

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Scenes along an esplanade ~ IMG_0407

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Traditional architecture ~IMG_9040

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Important historical figures ~IMG_9032

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Honoring the creation of a Molière play ~IMG_9038

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An art gallery supposedly dedicated to a member of the French resistance in WWII ~IMG_1246.JPG

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Celebrating the famous 9 Locks on the Canal du Midi, at Béziers ~IMG_1265.JPG

As a mural painter, myself, I am so impressed with the thoughtful design and impeccable workmanship in each and every one of these murals. They add so much to a town or cityscape and are such lovely surprises when discovered by sheer happenstance.

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