Lazy Sunday in Nice

What to do on a sunny lazy Sunday of February in Nice? You can take a walk on the Promenade des Anglais and sit on the beach relaxing and enjoying the sea side in winter.

Or, you can visit the the National Museum of Marc Chagall (free entrance the first Sunday of the month) and discover this artist.

Musee

The man lived almost 100 years: born in Russia he moved to Paris, back to Russia, to the US as an exile (he was Jewish), and spent his last years in Vence, South France. In 1973 he himself inaugurated the museum. I find all of this fascinating, both because he witnessed the great changements of the XX century, two World Wars and the Russian Revolution, and because his work received the deserved recognition while he was still alive-unlike many other artists.

At the entrance of the museum there’s a plaque that briefly sums up the main events of his life (and it’s the only thing I was allowed to shoot).

Chagall

Since the visit took us just a couple of hours and left us very hungry, we drove towards the Vieux Nice (old town) and enjoyed a lovely walk from place Masséna to the port.

LaPort

Here’s a glimpse of Place Garibaldi (another beautiful spot in Nice made even more beautiful thanks to Instagram) which I love cause it looks just like Turin, my hometown. Click here if you don’t believe me.

PlaceGaribaldi

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  1. The 20th century started with Impressionism. Claude Monet, its founder, painted in Antibes. Auguste Renoir, who expanded Monet’s landscape motives to real life scenes, had his studio in Cagnes sur Mer. While Seurat created Pointillism it was Paul Signac, working out of Saint Tropez, who expanded his techniques. Later Fauvism was born, a counter movement to Impressionism. Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy, both living in Nice, were its most prominent exponents. Cubism, evolving from Cezanne’s work, was created by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. Both worked extended periods on the Côte d’Azur and Picasso spent one of the most productive years of his life in Antibes. Fernand Léger, another Cubist, who attempted to combine art and architecture, has a museum in Biot. Finally the Modernists surfaced here with Jean Cocteau, Nicolas de Staël and Marc Chagall creating important artworks here. The art scene continues to be alive and kicking on the Côte d’Azur, just visit one of the numerous small galleries or temporary exhibitions in Saint Paul de Vence and other towns and villages.

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