Monthly Archives February 2018

The importance of Ajaccio for Matisse – Jacques Poncin relates with fervour

Immediately associating Matisse with ‘colour’ and ‘tones’ comes to mind as being the obvious – how could it possibly be otherwise, when the south and Ajaccio had such an influence on his art at a particular time of his life – he was totally amazed and literally swept away under the influence of such beauty, which would inspire and give birth to fifty-five creative works. We must remember he came from the north, and discovering the Mediterranean would be nothing less than an enlightenment.
A slight historic, for those who have yet to discover his role in Corsica.

My task was to meet Jacques Poncin, an ardent admirer and specialist of Matisse living in Ajaccio, and maintaining the heritage and souvenir of the artist.
An architect originally from Lorraine, having attended the Beaux-Arts in Na...

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Spending time with: Jean Corti – Mural Artist / Restorer


He has always known he would follow his desire to become an artist, and more precisely a mural artist, painting and restoring. A native of Ajaccio, who returned to live here after having spent his youth in Paris.
Do it with passion or not at all‘ – a quote that immediately comes to mind when listening to what he has to say.

Retrospectively speaking, this is a family affair.
His great-great grandfather Philippe Bassoul was an artist, and also his son Jean-Baptiste Bassoul whose paintings can be found in the Fesch Museum – without forgetting Jean’s own father, who was to follow the footsteps of his elders – we can easily perceive immersion from an early age.

In Ajaccio, he had the opportunity to meet Jean Bourgoin, fr...

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Pancakes – with Corsican honey and apple filling

An original and tasty change for your pancakes, which I’m proposing today, using two types of flour which will also bring diversity to the taste.
Ice-cream being an ideal accompanying treat, with whatever flavour takes to your fancy, topping with a spoon of tangerine jam – delicious !     


– 175g chestnut flour
– 75g wheat flour
– 3 eggs
– 50cl milk
– 1 soupspoon oil
– 40g salted butter
– 2 apples
– 20g brown sugar
– 100g Corsican honey
– salt


First of all, the pancakes have to be prepared. Add the two flours and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, and whip until the mix becomes smooth. Thin down with the milk and add oil. Allow to rest for 1h at room temperature. Following this, cook the pancakes in a frying pan with a little butter, place them in a warm oven...

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