Much of Provence and the French Rivera is a post-impressionist world filled with art history and the south of France became know for it's gorgeous landscapes and famous southern light through works of art. While Impressionism emerged in Paris, Provence became a creative melting pot between the last quarter of the 19th century and the first of the 20th.
Aix was a great place to visit and is very proud to showcase it's famous artist, Cézanne. We went to his studio (in excellent condition), and did a walking tour through Aix that highlighted some of the important places throughout his life.
As an art history major, I loved the sightseeing and didn't realize just how many famous hotspots were within such a close area. Claude Monet and Jean Renoir were residents of the area, and in their footsteps came French and foreign post-Impressionists Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Matisse, and Paul Cézanne.
It was surprising how many artists had left their mark throughout Nice, Arles and Aix and there are guidebooks and tours just for art history buffs. It definitely helped that we had rented a car which allowed us the flexibility of our own schedule and to travel at leisure.