Art & Design in Cote d'Azur

The Cote d’Azur attracted many artists and is a haven of works by Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Bonnard, Dufy, Signac and others. Visit as many of the following galleries as possible to investigate the influence of the region on these artists.

The Museum of the Annunciation, St Tropez, is a converted chapel, which houses a world class collection of work by Bonnard, Derain, Signac, Matisse, Roualt and Signac. St Tropez became a centre for artists encouraged by the pointillist painter Paul Signac, who enjoyed the light and colour of the area. Opened in the summer of 2011, the Musee Bonnard is a new gallery dedicated to this artist’s work. Bonnard stayed in Cannet for twenty-two years and produced his best paintings here, many of which feature the built and natural environments of Cannet.

Matisse is well represented in the Musee Matisse with sculptures, drawings, engravings, paper cut-outs, illustrations and paintings. He lived in Nice for nearly forty years and his family has donated personal artefacts and memorabilia  to the gallery. Visit the National Museum of Marc Chagall and see the illustrations, sculptures and paintings of this famous Russian artist.

Key Study Areas

  • Identify the influence of place on the work of various artists
  • Learn about the work of Pierre Bonnard
  • See the variety of work by Henri Matisse
  • Explore how Marc Chagall uses imagery in a variety of ways


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Art and Design Excursions

  • Matisse Museum
  • Fine Arts Museum
  • Renoir Museum
  • Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art
  • Marc Chagall Museum
  • Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky


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4 Days to Cote D'Azur by Air

Day 1: 
Travel to Nice by air. Time permitting; explore the local area before checking in to your accommodation.

Day 2: 
In the morning, walk around the old town ‘Vieux Nice’. Go to the Jardins Botaniques and then visit the Matisse Museum and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in the afternoon. Return to your accommodation for the evening.

Day 3: 
Visit the Musee des Beaux Arts and the Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatole Jakovsky. Later, travel to Cagnes-sur-Mer to visit the Renoir Museum.

Day 4: 
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


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