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Picasso’s major Riviera steps

Antibes Juan-Les-Pins - 1946
A period of intense happiness for Picasso who created the poem “La Joie de Vivre”. He settled at the Château Grimaldi which overlooked the sea for painting and which has since become the Picasso Museum where many works by the artist dedicated to the Mediterranean are on show.

Vallauris Golfe-Juan - 1947
It was at Vallauris that Picasso discovered ceramics. Here, he produced over 4000 works at the Fournas workshop. He also gifted the sculpture “L’Homme au mouton” to the town, which can be discovered in the Place du Village and chose the Roman chapel of Vallauris to put up the important fresco “La Guerre et La Paix”.

Cannes - 1955
In 1955, Picasso settled in Cannes where he bought a sumptuous 19th century house “La Villa California” with an uninterrupted view of the sea. An ideal location to retreat and create, he established his studio here and created many major works such as the series dedicated to Ménines.

Mougins 1961-1973
Picasso died in Mougins in 1973, in his last home, Notre-Dame-de-Vie, which was also his final workshop. He already knew this perched village extremely well, having visited with Dora Maar from 1936 to 1939. His intimist world and his interest for photography can be discovered through images in the Photography Museum.

Dedicated Museums

Musée National Picasso  
National Picasso Museum
"La Guerre & La Paix" - Vallauris Golfe-Juan
The two works by Picasso “La Guerre et La Paix” were put up in the Roman chapel of the Chateau de Vallauris in 1959. The ancient building contributes to giving “La Guerre et La Paix”, with its obvious references to ancient art and even rock art, a sacred and universal anchor point. “La Guerre et la Paix” was Picasso’s last major political composition.

Musée Picasso Antibes  
Picasso Museum
Antibes Juan-les-Pins
In 1946, Pablo Picasso stayed at the Château Grimaldi in Antibes for a few months and created many works there, including paintings (enamel, charcoal or graphite on asbestos-cement, wood or reused canvas), drawings and ceramics. The museum also has an area dedicated to the works by Nicolas de Staël and a collection of modern art which brings together artists following the major trends in 20th century art..

   
André Villers Photography Museum  
Mougins
At the centre of the village of Mougins, this museum is dedicated to photography and the artist’s portrait through the works of its founder, André Villers who photographed Pablo Picasso and his artistic world over many years.

Picasso en Provence Côte d’Azur  
The Picasso Path in Provence Côte d’Azur
In 2009, explore Picasso’s works on these southern lands where he lived and died in 1973. Exceptional events to see and a path to follow in the artist’s footsteps.
 Discover the Path


1945-49 - L'ère du Renouveau - Exposition au Musée Picasso à Antibes

 

Sources : Plein Sud TV, la Web Télévision locale d'Antibes, de Biot et de Vallauris

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