Pablo Picasso lived 26 years on the French Riviera and donated 23 paintings to the lovely Picasso Museum Antibes.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) arrived in Antibes on the French Riviera in September 1946. Picasso painted three months in Antibes 12th century Castle at the invitation of Romuald Dor de la Souchere, the director of the Grimaldi Museum housed in the castle.
Picasso produced famous works in Antibes including "La joie de vivre". In 1947, Picasso moved to Vallauris near Antibes. Picasso stayed on the French Riviera until his death in Mougins, a village close to Antibes, in 1973.
Pablo Picasso donated 23 paintings and 44 drawings to the Grimaldi Museum. In 1966, The Grimaldi Museum was turned into the Picasso Museum Antibes, one of the best Picasso Museums in the world with Picasso Museum and Centre Pompidou, both in Paris.
The Picasso paintings are the heart of the Picasso Museum. They are complemented with works by Nicolas de Stael and Hans Hartung among other great 20th century artists. The Picasso Museum lovely setting and collections are a must for art lovers.
Place Mariejol 06600 Antibes France
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 90 54 20
Museum hours: open everyday except Mondays. Closed January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, December 25th. September 16th to June 14th: 10 to 12am, 2 to 6pm. June 15th to September 15th: 10am to 6pm
Antibes (web site) is a famous seaside resort of the French Riviera. See the Picasso Museum, the Foundation Hans Hartung, the old Antibes village (picture) with its market (picture) and Cap d'Antibes (picture).