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Mario Cavaglieri


Often described as 'the most French of the Italian painters', Mario Cavaglieri was born in Rovigo, Italy in 1887 of a wealthy Jewish family.  He trained as a painter and by the age of 20 was already holding exhibitions of his work.  In 1911 he met Giulietta who was to be his model, his inspiration and ten years later, his wife.  In 1925, for reasons he preferred to keep to himself, Cavaglieri moved to France where he purchased the Domaine de Peyloubčre, only leaving for a period during the war when, as a Jew and an Italian, he felt a vulnerability which led him back to his roots and family.  He returned to France in 1946 and died peacefully at Peyloubčre in 1969.

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Cavaglieri's painting is characterized by bold brush strokes and a firm skill with line and design.  Whether the subject is decadent and bourgeois, as in his early years, or nature bathed in sunlight, as in his later life at Peyloubčre, his colours are vivid, pure and dramatic.  Better known in Italy and the United States,  the works of Cavaglieri have nevertheless been exhibited in France on several occasions and his personal collection, left to the Mairie of Auch by his adopted daughter, now forms the basis of a permanent exhibition in the town.  The exhibition includes several paintings of Peyloubčre including the waterfall, the Venetian bedroom and a tea party in the original dining room in the South West wing of the Manoir.

Just as Cavaglieri recorded the terraces and gardens, salons and inhabitants of Peyloubčre on canvas, so too he imprinted his own history, philosophy and passion upon the house itself.  He literally painted the house, and the ceilings, walls and cupboards of the Manoir are alive with his imaginative paintings full of allegory, myth and symbols and scenes reflecting his Italian origin and inspiration.


The Cavaglieri Suite

It it in these rooms that we have created the 'Cavaglieri Suite' which was previously the bedroom, bathroom and salon occupied by Mario and Giulietta.  The ceilings are remarkable and the rooms have been decorated and furnished to make the most of the paintings while at the same time ensuring the comfort of our guests.  The pictures shown on this page are all taken from the ceilings of the Cavaglieri Suite.  With the encouragement and financial support of the French State, the ceilings were fully restored during 2001/2 and the house is now often visited by interested groups and was part of the 'Journées de Patrimoine' for the first time in 2005.  Now an annual event, we receive almost 300 visitors over the two day celebration of french history and patrimony.  For further details of the Cavaglieri Suite, click on Chambre d'hôte.


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Latest Exhibition

From February to June 2007 a major exhibition of Cavaglieri's work was held in Rovigo, Italy when 150 pictures were on display in the gallery that now occupies part of the building in which he was born. It was then transferred to Milan where it stayed until the end of the year. During 2015 the exhibition 'Cavaglieri in the Gers' was held in the Musée de Jacobin in Auch which included many paintings of Peyloubère and this exhibitiion continued through the summer of 2016. New paintings have been added to the collection and it will hopefully become a permanent fixture in the town.



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