The Picasso Museum in Antibes is one of the top museums in the French Riviera. Pablo Picasso lived 26 years there after the war and donated 23 paintings to be housed in the lovely Grimaldi Museum on Antibes seafront. French Riviera.
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 Souchère, 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 in 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 Paris and Centre Pompidou, both in Paris.
The Picasso paintings are the heart of the Picasso Museum. They are complemented with works by Nicolas de Staël and Hans Hartung among other great 20th century artists. The Picasso Museum lovely setting and collections are a must for art lovers.
Museum hours: Picasso museum is open every day except on Monday and on January 1st, May 1st, November 1st, December 25th. September 16th to June 14th: 10am to 1pm, 2pm to 6pm. June 15th to September 15th: 10am to 6pm. Ticket office closes at 12pm and 5.30pm. Tickets: 8 euros.
Created in 1946 in Antibes and exhibited in Antibes Picasso Museum, le Joie de Vivre is a unique pictorial work in panoramic format. With the difficulty of supply at the end of the war, Picasso used what he found: paint for boats and plates. Technically, the work is made with unusual materials, industrial oil painting on fiber cement board. These materials give a fluid paint, visible matter (brushstrokes) showing all the energy of the execution. The general meaning is that of the classic theme of a bacchanal, happiness linked to the found peace. Two musicians, a centaur on the left and a faun on the right, play aulos and diaula (a kind of single or double oboe from ancient Greece). A naked nymph is playing the tambourine and dancing with two kids. On the left, a sailboat is sailing towards the outside of the painting. On the right, a vine asserts the bacchanal. The work presents three emblematic elements specific to Dionysos: the goats that refer to the Dionysian animal; the aulos and the percussion which are used in the dionysies, and the dance of the nymph.
Antibes is a famous seaside resort of the French Riviera. See the Picasso Museum, the Foundation Hans Hartung, the old Antibes village with its market and Cap d'Antibes.
Close to Léger Museum in Biot, Cannes, Nice and other French Riviera sights, Antibes is a great destination for a week-end or a week. Fly Air France or Easyjet to Nice, then rent a car. Locate Antibes on French Riviera map.