Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing with you some images from the galleries that I visit during my European holiday. Please forgive the fact that I haven’t attempted to edit most the photos in any way..
After leaving a very wintry Sydney with heaters turned up high, I arrived in Nice where it was 30° and so humid I showered three times on the first day!
One of my favourite places in France is Nice, and I had a fantastic apartment in place Massena which is so central to both the beach and the old section.
As well as visiting old family friends the highlight of my visit this time was a trip to Antibes, about 15 minutes from Nice, and in particular to the Picasso Museum.
According to Antibes– Juen-les-Pins, Musée Picasso is founded on the ancient acropolis of the Greek city of Antipolis, Roman castrum, which was the residence of the bishops in the Middle Ages (from 442 to 1385).
A castle was built on the site in 1385 by the Monegasque family who gave it its name of the Grimaldi castle. It later became the residence of the governor and then the town hall from 1792. In 1820 it became a military barracks before being established as a museum by Professor Romuald Dor de la Souchere in 1923.
Professor of French, Greek and Latin at Lycée Carnot in Cannes, Romuald Dor Souchère began his archaeological research in Antibes in 1923. In 1924, he created the Friends of the Museum of Antibes, in order to found a Historical and Archaeological Museum and to display the history of the region.
In 1925, the Grimaldi castle was bought by the city of Antibes and became the Grimaldi museum, with Romuald Dor de la Souchère as its first curator.
According to this website, Picasso visited the Museum in September 1945 (just a few months after the end of the Second World War) and stayed until sometime in 1946 when Dor de la Souchère offered him the use of part of the castle as a studio.