One of the best collections of the master's work
Overlooking the Riviera coast, the Château Grimaldi in Antibes provides a dramatic setting for the world's first museum dedicated to the works of Pablo Picasso
The imposing medieval fortress in Antibes known as the Château Grimaldi was used by Pablo Picasso as a studio in 1946, and in 1966 it was officially opened as a museum dedicated to the Spanish artist, with dozens of paintings and drawings being donated by Picasso himself.
More works, including etchings and ceramics, were left to the museum by Picasso's second wife, Jacqueline, and today the Musée Picasso holds 245 of his works, as well as paintings and sculptures by other modern artists including Nicolas de Staël, Joan Miró and Amedeo Modigliani.
A modernist marvel
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life
Among the best-known works on show at the Picasso Museum are Joie de Vivre and La Femme aux Oursins, while there are also examples of Picasso's painted ceramic plates and pottery, created during his stay in Antibes in the 1940s.
Works by contemporary artists are displayed in other galleries here, while the terrace, providing panoramic views over the sea, is adorned with a collection of striking bronze statues by the French sculptor Germaine Richier.
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