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Mont Blanc and the Aosta Valley from Pierre Taillé

 

Mont Blanc and the Aosta Valley from Pierre Taillé

60cm x 80cm x 7.3cm Sculptural Watercolour®

 

Our viewpoint is from what is left of the old mule-track that travellers before about 1815 found particularly exciting, as there were steep drops into the river far below as it cut though this narrow gorge. Many accounts tell us how frighteneing an experience this was, viewed from riding on a mule.

Even today this area remains dangerous as it is subject to frequent rockfalls. It has been fenced off from public access, although this may largely be due to a close-by construction of structures associated with a hydro-electric plant.

Note the large rock upper-left, as this features in Turner's "Battle of Fort Roch" watercolour recalled from his 1802 trip past here. Today, what remains of the old mule route still creeps underneath and past this rock that also contains a vestige of a defensive gun position carved out in the 20th century.

In the right-hand corner, down in the valley, is an abandoned section of a once main road that has been replaced by a tunnel. After the tunnel - in the top third of the painting - a modern main road is seen heading straight towards the white of the Mont Blanc Massif.

Completely hidden and immediately below our feet is one of the many long tunnels containing a motorway; one of the European Union's most important commercial highways linking France and Italy via the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

 

 

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