Sunday, November 14, 2010

Daura House

Touring Daura House was a special treat. While there is a public gallery on the ground floor, we were taken through the private parts of the house where the artists-in-residence live and work. We entered the 13th century house via this side door and found ourselves in a small anteroom anchored by a huge fireplace on one side and a medieval sink on the other. Hard to say what the function of this room was originally...perhaps simply a living area? We followed Mike into a small, but very modern kitchen that opened onto the space. It, too, had an old stone sink and a fireplace. Mike shared a book about Pierre Daura, the artist who bought the house in  the 1930's. Village gossip has it that Spanish Civil War radicals hid out in this house after Daura joined the Spanish Republican Army in 1939. After coffee and conversation, we had a peek at the rest of the house.
The entry room...

We saw a large reception room with huge fireplaces on either end that was set up as a rehearsal area for the Parisian dancer and her musician husband who are in residence. From this window we could see the home of Andre Breton, a French writer and poet who is considered the founder of Surrealism.

We wandered through painter's studios, computer rooms, a small library, Mike's living space as well as his music studio. Each level of the house was connected by spiraling stone staircases and dimly-lit hallways painted with ancient frescoes and medieval designs.

After wishing Mike bonne chance with his upcoming concert, we climbed back up to the church to light a candle to the Merci Lady, St. Therese. We left the village by the chemin in front of the cemetery which is still decorated for La Toussaint. St. Cirq is very quiet these days; the tourist season is over, but creativity still flourishes at Daura House!
Laury at Porte Rocamadour

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