In the 20th century, the French Riviera became a sanctuary of modern art. The world’s greatest artists found their inspiration in the Mediterranean light and art of living: Renoir, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and their successors César, Klein, Arman, Niki de St-Phalle…Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer, Bonnard in Le Cannet have left their mark in their memory-laden homes, now museums.
In 1917, Matisse began his 40-year love affair with the region and its very special light, which were such an inspiration for his Mediterranean colours.
Another artistic giant, Picasso, lived on the French Riviera, Here, his creative intensity gave rise to tremendous work, testimony to his genius and formidable joy of living.
Thanks to the New Realists and the School of Nice, the city has become a world-famous centre of avant-garde art. The French Riviera is generally acknowledged as a haven for contemporary artistic expression. With nearly a hundred museums and over 150 art galleries, the French Riviera offers the broadest range of museums in France after the Parisian region.
THE HIGLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Our program allows from a place of stay, guided by an expert, to better understand our modern painting. Thus the luminous landscapes and the cities full of charm will arouse in our visitors this emotion expressed with talent by the artists whose works are today to be admired.
THE TOUR in detail
step by step
DAY 1 : Nice
Arrival in Nice. Welcome and check-in at the hotel. Overnight accommodation.
DAY 2 : Menton and Jean Cocteau, and the “Belle Epoque”
Departure to Menton on the Italian border. End of 2011 the city will inaugurate the new Museum Jean Cocteau which will house in a futuristic building, a fabulous collection of over 1,500 paintings, drawings, ceramics, photos of the years 1910 to 1950 bequeathed by the collector Wundermann Severin. Jean Cocteau doomed a passion to Menton and one can still admire his work in the wedding room of the city hall. After Menton, we return to St. Jean Cap Ferrat, where we are expect in the Villa Rothschild for a lunch in the dining room, before visiting the mansion built by the Baroness de Rothschild to accommodate her collections, property surrounded by a garden as laid on the sea. Last step is Villefranche sur mer and its port. Walk through the streets of the town and visit of the Chapel of St. Pierre decorated by Jean Cocteau. Back to Nice
DAY 3 : : Cagnes sur Mer, Antibes, Vallauris
Morning drive to Cagnes sur Mer and visit the Villa Renoir with its romantic olives trees garden.
We reach the enchanting town of Antibes
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