Few art forms have the same awe-inspired quality as a mural. The sweeping size, the use of architecture as a canvas, the painstaking process—it’s an epic kind of craft.
Murals date back to 30,000 B.C., when they were first discovered painted in caves in southern France during the Paleolithic period. And some of history’s most important works were murals: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry. While these masterpieces were created on the walls and ceilings of public spaces, having a mural in the intimacy of a home is an entirely different experience
Uzès Sotheby’s International Realty has a rare example of a masterwork mural in a French chateau currently on the market. Located in Provence in southern France, the centuries-old home was once owned by prominent art collector Douglas Cooper, who was friends with Pablo Picasso. “During one of Picasso’s visits to the castle in 1962, Cooper expressed his admiration for the Picasso frescoes he had seen on the facade of the College of Architects in Barcelona,” says Bruno Zermati of Montpellier Sotheby’s International Realty. “To which Picasso replied, ‘give me a wall and I will do the same.’” What resulted were five frescoes Picasso drew on the walls of the home’s loggia.