An artistic treasure trove in Nice
The Musée Matisse houses one of the largest collections of the works of Henri Matisse in the world, displaying paintings, sculptures and paper cut-outs from all stages of his long career
The artist Henri Matisse lived in Nice from 1917 until his death in 1954, and a large part of the Matisse Museum's collection was donated by the artist himself.
As well as paintings, drawings, sculptures and examples of his famous paper cut-outs, the Matisse Museum also holds some his personal effects including furniture and painting equipment.
Among the masterpieces on show are Nu bleu IV (Blue Nude IV), one of Matisse's most reproduced images, and the 8m-long Fleurs et Fruits (Flowers and Fruits), the largest Matisse work in France.
The Matisse Museum is one of the highlights of the South of France for any art lover, and if you are visiting Nice as part of your French Riviera yacht charter, it is an easy excursion from the port.
A colourful experience
I don't paint things. I only paint the differences between things.
The museum, which also hosts regular temporary exhibitions, is housed in a 17th century villa in the quiet suburb of Cimiez, north of the city centre, surrounded by gardens, olive groves and archaeological remains, which are also worth a look when you visit.
Behind the museum are the extensive ruins of a 3rd century Roman bath complex, while nearby are the remains of an amphitheatre from the same period.
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