Majorelle. Sa préférée reste sa datcha en Normandie, une « folie » imaginée avec Yves Saint Laurent et Jacques Grange : « Parce qu’elle est tout sauf banale, qu’elle a admirablement vieilli et qu’elle possède un très beau jardin, dessiné par Madison Cox ». Sa dernière acquisition ? Une maison à Tanger, tournée vers le sud et l’est : « Elle ne regarde ni l’Espagne ni la mer qui là-bas sont au nord, que je n’aime pas beaucoup ! ». Parmi ses dernières trouvailles de bibliophile – aujourd’hui, il n’achète plus que des livres - des œuvres de Walt Whitman et de Faulkner. Des éditions originales, forcément. Ses passions privées pour les livres, la musique ou les jardins révèlent toutes celui qu’il aurait pu être : « Très jeune, je voulais devenir écrivain. Musicien aussi : j’ai fait une dizaine d’années de violon sans grand succès. Et jardinier, peut-être ». Comme le dilettantisme n’était pas sa tasse de thé, il a « juste » été lui, Pierre Bergé. De la race des seigneurs, disent certains de ses amis.
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Patron and collector, in the vein of the Noailles family, Pierre Bergé has a profound inclination for masterpieces. As well as houses and gardens, for which he has unlimited energy.
uring his inner travels, he has continually rubbed shoulders with trailblazers - Goya, Delacroix, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Braque, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Matisse and Mondrian: "Every man needs aesthetic ghosts in order to live," said Yves Saint Laurent. Pierre Bergé has no love for futilities or what people call taste, good or bad, "because the people who say that generally have very poor taste themselves". He does not like the term art fan either, even though he is one: "In every field, I have tried not to be a simple fan and instead love things for the profound reasons behind their creation". Pierre Bergé is not one of those people who become infatuated with the 18 th century before abandoning it in favour of art deco and the 1950s. He leaves such successive whims to other people: "I do not grow tired of things; on the contrary, my connection with them simply grows stronger over time". Pierre Bergé is definitely a man with an eye for houses. He collects them, from Paris to Marrakesh, and from Provence to Deauville, a little like a serial lover, because he loves them all and grows
restless when too much time has elapsed since his last visit. Whereas he feels that some houses chose him, others were elected such as the Oasis villa in Marrakesh, whose Majorelle garden was in need of saving. His favourite house is his dacha in Normandy, a "crazy" home designed with Yves Saint Laurent and Jacques Grange: "Because it is anything but ordinary, it has aged extraordinarily well and has a truly beautiful garden designed by Madison Cox". What is his latest acquisition? A house in Tangiers that faces south and east: "It does not face Spain or the sea; in Tangiers, they both lie towards the north and I am not very fond of the north!" As a booklover - all he buys today is books - his latest finds are works by Walt Whitman and Faulkner. Original works, typically. His private passions for books, music and gardens all reveal what he could have been in life: "When I was very young, I wanted to be a writer, and a musician: I played violin for about 10 years, but never really achieved any success. Maybe a gardener". But unwilling to do anything by halves, he has "just" been himself, Pierre Bergé. From the line of lords, say some of his friends.