Visiting the Picasso Museum in Antibes

On a Wednesday morning during my week in Antibes, I visited the Picasso Museum located directly on the coast of the city. The museum is housed in a beautiful stone chateau that was the home of Picasso during the year 1946. The building itself is quite impressive, and easily accessible from downtown Antibes.

Picasso Museum, Antibes

The first level of the museum featured works on paper by Pierre Soulages, a favorite artist of mine. Although paper is never as good as works on canvas, the characteristic black and dark blue minimalist strokes of his work were wonderful to see, and provided insight into the grander works Soulages is known for on canvas. The upper floor of the museum displayed more works by Picasso, although they were certainly not his best.

One work I much admired was La joie de vivre, 1946, a stunning painting in yellow, blue, red and white. The work depicted a woman dancing naked, her long red hair blowing in the wind, two goats behind her and two figured appearing to play an instrument from what I can guess. One figure appears to be a centaur – with a four legged body and a human-like upper torso. A boat rests in the distance, suggesting the painting was created during the summer that Picasso lived in Antibes.

Other works of interest were Ulysses et les sirènes, September 1947 and Buste d’home au chapeau, 12 février 1972, on loan from the Musée National de Picasso in Paris.

You can easily get through the whole museum in about an hour. There’s also a lovely terrace outside with magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea and a sculpture garden with works by some well known names. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the museum but you can photograph the outdoor sculptures…

Picasso Museum Antibes

Sculpture by Germaine Richier:

Picasso Museum Antibes
Picasso Museum Antibes

Sculpture by Joan Miró:

Picasso Museum Antibes
Picasso Museum Antibes

Picasso Museum Antibes

Musée Picasso
Place Mariejol
06600 Antibes, France

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-12 / 2-6pm, Closed Mondays

August 30, 2016
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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