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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

Plein Sud TV


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'Les jardins de la Côte d’Azur' showcases the region's botanical treasures as well as a detailed history of a glorious era. From the second half of the 19th century on, the international aristocracy and high society had their sights set on the French Riviera and its balmy climate. Mansions and villas began popping up across the region, decked out with gorgeous gardens that we can now all enjoy!
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Thanks to its sheer diversity, gorgeous landscapes and the depth of its historic heritage, the Trail des Merveilles is a simply fascinating experience. An itinerary that cuts through the heart of the mountain wilderness, backed by the gentle haze of the Mediterranean: the Vallée des Merveilles. This trail is a unique experience, thanks to its mystical route and singular atmosphere.
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Nice, capital of the French Riviera. We welcome you in a green setting in the very heart of the town. School under French/German managament with a humain size.
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Roc d'Azur country: a mountain bike race between red rock and sea.
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Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful bike races in the history of triathlons! After a 3.8-kilometre swim in the legendary Bay of Angels, hit the road with a spectacular bike itinerary along the same route that was originally used for the Nice Triathlon. The circuit takes you deep into Nice's hinterlands, cutting through an array of picturesque villages. With nearly 1,800 kilometres of climb, the cycling leg will offer cyclists spectacular panoramic views. All that's left to accomplish is the final run down the iconic Promenade des Anglais. An intense moment in which each athlete will be treated to the cheers and applause of the spectators who flock here. The perfect finish!
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€450
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€453
French your way, on the awesome campus in front to the sea, in the city of the Film Festival. On campus, YOU are the star.
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€462
Tackle the Haut Estéron trail in the heart of Azure country, and climb mountains up to 1,800 metres high!


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€475
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€495
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€500
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€510
Why not take the opportunity to improve your French during your stay in Nice? Individual and group courses, general or business French, preparation for exams, French for Seniors. Choose the course that suits you best! Our methods at Idiom will help you to make rapid progress.
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€516
Thanks to its array of different landscapes and balmy climate, the Alpes-Maritimes is the ultimate botanist's paradise. In the 19th century, the English introduced exotic plants here, creating floral mosaics in which gardens from around the world lie side-by-side. These were incorporated into the Mediterranean landscape made up of olive and cypress trees, a taste for which was revived in the 20th century.


Take a tour of this oasis of greenery and meet the landscape designers, gardeners and botanists who have left their mark here. Our stay begins in Menton, the city of gardens, and continues on to the Vence area in a green and rolling setting a few miles from the coast.
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The classes are in groups of between three and ten students. To take part in the course you need the musical instrument you play. A brief account of your musical career will allow the teacher to direct the student to the most suitable level of course.
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€550
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€700
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€775
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€880
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€995
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€1000
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€1075
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