During my visit to Nice last month, we took a day trip to Antibes. One of the main purposes was to visit the Picasso Museum. Formerly known as the Chateau Grimaldi from 1608, the same Grimaldi royal family currently reigning in Monaco, it was the home of Picasso for six months in 1946. Picasso donated a number of paintings to the museum including "The Goat" and "La Joie de Vivre", and in 1990 Jacqueline Picasso donated another collection of works. The museum currently has 245 pieces by Picasso including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, ceramics and drawings, in addition to works by other artists.
The pieces by Picasso were more joyful and playful than usual and my friend Bill commented that it was probably because WWII has just ended and perhaps Picasso was expressing that in his work. There were also a mini collection of some exquisite De Stael paintings, a painter I very much admire.
Some of the windows in the museum had either a film or a texture and when you looked through them it created almost an abstract painting like effect, which I captured in the photos below.
The garden of the museum features iron and stone abstract sculptures set against old cobblestone walls and floors and is perched over the Mediterranean. The view was hypnotic with sailboats with crisp white sails dotting the azure blue sea with a background of pale gray skies and cotton white clouds.
After the museum we strolled through old Antibes with its ambling lanes, quirky doorways, town squares with cafes, art galleries displaying works of local artists and sea green painted shutters.
My Paris Apartment for Rent June 21 to June 27
I am renting my fabulous Paris apartment in the heart of the Marais near St. Paul metro, from June 21 to June 27, a total of 7 nights. It's a spacious one-bedroom 750 sq. ft. loft style apartment with 12 ft. ceilings, decorated in chic Mid-Century Modern furniture and sleeps one or two people in a Queen size bed. Amenities include washer/dryer, 16" flat screen TV, dishwasher, internet connection/Wifi and free long distance calls to the U.S. The apartment is located on the second floor with an elevator.
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Eye Prefer Paris Photos
I am happy to announce a new series of Eye Prefer Paris photos. Give the gift of Paris to yourself or your Francophile friends, relatives, colleagues and co-workers.
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