Zola Dam

Zola Dam is a dam in Le Tholonet near Aix-en-Provence, France.[1]

The Zola Dam.
Zola Lake.


The dam was designed by Italian-born engineer François Zola, the father of novelist Émile Zola.[1][2] Its construction was initially rejected by Gaston Alexandre Auguste, Marquis de Galliffet, the landowner, in 1838.[1]

Zola founded the Société du Canal Zola in 1846 and began construction.[2] He died, however, in 1847, and the company was acquired by author and politician Jules Migeon in 1853.[2] Construction of the dam was completed on September 10, 1854, and it was dedicated on December 16, 1854.[2]

The dam was painted by Paul Cézanne in the 1880s.[3] The painting belonged to Paul Gauguin in 1885. It was purchased by Gwendoline Davies in 1918, who donated it to the National Museum Wales in 1952.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Lac de Zola". Aix-en-Provence Tourisme. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Mitterand, Henri (2009). Zola tel qu'en lui-même. Paris: Presses universitaires de France. pp. 171–204. ISBN 9782130570820. Retrieved March 28, 2016 – via Cairn.info.
  3. ^ a b "The François Zola Dam". National Museum Wales. Retrieved March 30, 2016.

Coordinates: 43°31′56″N 5°30′41″E / 43.5323°N 5.5114°E / 43.5323; 5.5114