Brigitte Bardot through the eyes of local artist Sasha de Saint Tropez

Sasha de St Tropez. Artists St Tropez

One of the greatest icons of Saint Tropez is without doubt the delectable Brigitte Bardot, who is practically responsible for discovering the town when it was an unknown fishing village more than half a century ago.

The pouting actress was in Saint Tropez filming And God Created Woman, a now cult movie directed by Bardot’s then-husband, Roger Vadim. As the story goes, the film crew used to spend hours chilling out in beachside restaurants in between takes of naked Bardot frolicking on the sand, and some of the team never left.

Brigitte Bardot and le gandarme in St Tropez

The film put Bardot – and the town in which she still lives – on the map, and the rest, they say, is history.

Those who wander around the town on any given day will soon see that there is still a great affection for the actress, who is now 77 years old and resides in an isolated property in Saint Tropez called La Madrague.

There is Bardot memorabilia of all shapes and sizes to be found in shops and galleries around the town, perhaps the most striking of which can be found in the gallery of Sasha de Saint Tropez, a light and airy venue not far from some of our more central villas to rent in Saint Tropez.

Sasha de St Tropez

Sasha de Saint Tropez has been likened to pop art legend Andy Warhol since setting up in Saint Tropez in 2001.

The talented artist specialises in portraits using different media and techniques, such as acrylic, plexi-glass, canvas prints and limited editions. His best known portraits of icons past and present include Brigitte Bardot, who seems to literally come alive in his studio under his stroke of genius.

Brigitte bardot young

Other portraits in his gallery – a visit of which we highly recommend to our clients renting houses in Saint Tropez – include Marilyn Monroe, Woody Allen, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Lenny Kravitz, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

The address for those who would like to visit this iconic gallery is 10 Place de l’Ormeau in St Tropez.