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Anselme Mathieu (21 April 1828 – 8 February 1895) was a French Provençal poet.

Anselme Mathieu
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Born21 April 1828
Died8 February 1895(1895-02-08) (aged 66)

Early lifeEdit

Anselme Mathieu was born 21 April 1828 in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.[1][2][3] His parents were the fourth-generation owners of the Domaine Mathieu, a vineyard still in operation today.[2][4]


Mathieu was a Provençal poet.[1] He published poems in Armana prouvençau under the pseudonym of Félibre di Poutoun.[2]

On 21 May 1854, he co-founded the Félibrige movement with Joseph Roumanille, Frédéric Mistral, Théodore Aubanel, Jean Brunet, Paul Giéra and Alphonse Tavan.[2][4]

He published La Farandole, a collection of poems, in 1862.[2] Mistral contributed the foreword.[2]


Mathieu introduced the co-founders of the Félibrige to the red wine produced by his family vineyard.[2] Moreover, he introduced it to Alphonse Daudet, another writer from Provence, who called it, "royal, imperial, pontifical."[2]

Additionally, Mathieu introduced Alexandre Dumas and Alphonse Lamartine, two writers from Paris, to this wine.[2]


He died on 8 February 1895.[1][3]


  • The Collège Anselme Mathieu, a secondary school in Avignon, is named in his honour.[5]