30″H x 36″W x 1.0″D | Oil with resin on canvas, c2016
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Bonnieux is one of the many historic “hill villages” in the region of Provence. Dating back to Roman times, it rests on top of the Luberon hills casting a watchful gaze across the rest of the valley. Next to the village is a Cedar forest that began with trees imported from North Africa during the Napoleonic era. It sits opposite Mont Ventoux; other notable villages in the area include Ménerbes, Lacoste, Roussillon, and Gordes.
Poppies have long been used as a symbol of sleep, peace, and death: Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy in particular. Ancient Egyptian doctors had their patients eat seeds from a poppy to relieve pain. Poppy seeds contain small quantities of both morphine and codeine.