The big picture

593

Midihideaways has been looking at local murals in towns and cities.  Also known as trompe l’oeil, these murals are appearing more and more.

Here are some photos by Midihideaways, showcasing some of the best ones.

 

The first one is in Lodeve, and it is a very good example of a trompe l’oeil, as it blends real with fake – can you tell which windows are real and which are not?

 

The following mural is in Montpellier – the walls are pretty much flat, but the painting’s perspective makes it look incredibly 3D!

 

The next mural is in Capestang, just right around the corner from the restaurant La Galiniere.

 

Beziers has a good number of murals – here is the oldest that I know of:

There appears to be a theme to the more recently painted murals in Beziers: famous artists and their works.

Here is L’Arlesienne by Georges Bizet:

 

Dejanire by Camille Saint-Saens:
Le Depit Amoureux by Moliere:

 

 

Jean Moulin, a native of Beziers and a hero of the Resistance, opened an art gallery in Nice as a cover for his resistance activities.  This mural commemorates Jean Moulin and his gallery

 

This one is on a newly created square in Beziers.  The mural hides a series of what I imagine are run-down houses awaiting renovation – a pretty neat idea!

If you have any more photos of murals in Occitanie, we’d love to hear from you.