E.T. L., 19th Century
Golfe - Juan Côte d'Azur French Riviera from the Hills

inscribed on the mount and dated  " Golfe Juan 1897"

pencil and watercolour
18 x 25.50 cm.


Golfe-Juan (Occitan: Lo Gorg Joan, Lo Golfe Joan) is a seaside resort on France's Côte d'Azur. The distinct local character of Golfe-Juan is indicated by the existence of a demonym, "Golfe-Juanais", which is applied to its inhabitants.

Golfe-Juan belongs to the commune of Vallauris in the Grasse arrondissement of the Alpes-Maritimes department, which belongs in turn to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France. The area is served by the Golfe Juan-Vallauris railway station.

On March 1, 1815, Napoléon Bonaparte landed at Golfe-Juan with 607 Grenadiers of the Old Guard, 118 Polish Lancers, some 300 Corsicans, 50 Elite Gendarmes, 80 civilians, and 2 light artillery pieces, having escaped exile on the island of Elba. His return to Paris, commemorated by the Route Napoléon, and the campaign that led to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo are known as the "Hundred Days".

"Golfe Juan" is also the name of a pointillist painting done by Paul Signac (1863–1935), a French neo-impressionist, in 1896.

The nearest port and seaside resort to the east of Cannes is Golfe Juan which is where Napoleon landed in 1815 after escaping exile with 600 men from the Isle of Elba, 150 miles away. Welcomed by an enthusiastic populace (but not by the people of Cannes) who supplied him with food and other provisions, he and his supporters marched north over the mountains - now known as Route Napoleon - to reach Grenoble in six days, then on to a victorious entry into Paris. One hundred days after landing at Golfe Juan he met his Waterloo - literally.
The event is celebrated every two years in March with a colourful enactment on the beach