In 1976 Nino Ferrer and his wife Kinou discovered the Quercy Blanc and bought their house, an XVth century building, perched on a hill discreetly overlooking a small, gently sloping valley.
A lover of nature and the Quercynois countryside and always accompanied by his dogs and horses which he raised on the property, the artist passionately threw himself into the restoration of his home, building drystone walls and laying out the garden to create his own universe. Little by little he became friendly with many people in the area.
Very involved with his adopted region, he recorded in 1989 an unforgettable “Marseillaise” with the children and people of the canton whom he took with him to Paris to take part in Michel Drucker’s television programme, “Champs Elysées”.
The gentle landscapes drew Nino towards his other creative passions which he had put aside for quite a while: drawing and painting. He roamed the countryside with his paint brushes and the Quercy Blanc is often depicted in his paintings. He gave a canvas to the town hall in Montcuq which is displayed on the first landing of the main staircase: ”Ville de Montcuq en Quercy” (oil on canvas 1993).
A variety of items linked with Nino: CD, posters, postcards are on sale at the tobacconist and the tourist office. In tribute to the artist who has practically become a son of the region, the esplanade at the foot of the tower is named after him.