There are over twenty municipal museums and galleries in Nice, and a large number of private art galleries and studios. Following are three that I enjoyed, and look forward to visiting more next year.
Not to be missed and my favorite so far is the National Marc Chagall Museum.
The museum was created by the artist to bring together his most important biblical works. Organized around the painter’s works on the Old Testament theme, the permanent collection is the largest public collection of works by Marc Chagall. The painter’s tome is in Saint-Paul-De-Vince and I look forward to visiting the uplifting chapel and the cemetery next year.
Beautiful mosaic above a small water enclosure.
Paradise. Two scenes, the creation of Eve and the temptation on earth.
Noah and the Rainbow.
Moses and the Burning Bush.
Moses Receiving the Tablets of the Law.
The Matisse Museum stands in an olive grove in the Chimiez Gardens and is housed in a renovated Genoese villa. Matisse lived in Nice fom 1917 to his death in 1954. The works follow the artist’s development and also houses some of the artists’s personal objects. I have always loved the brilliant colors used by the atist, and toward the end of his life, the simiple contemporary cutouts.
The last museum I visited this year was the Massena Villa. Listed in the Historic Monuments inventory, the Villa Massena presents the history of Nice in the 18th Century. A bit of a look into how the other half lived; beautiful large rooms, gilt in abundnce and perhaps not the most comfotable of seating by today’s standards.
When I am in Paris I always go to the Louvre, through the apartments of the King and then pick one other area to see. Villa Massena is an example of the life lived by the upper classes in the 18th Century.
Portrait of Ande Massena.
1855 Plan of the City of Nice.
Notice for the Carnavale de Nice 1873.