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amuse oneself at the picasso musée in antibes

On the ramparts in Antibes, France and close to the Marché Provençal, the small Musée Picasso offers a wonderful diversion for a couple of hours.

I had not visited the museum for a few years. I decided to take an hour and a half and wander through the galleries.

If I remember correctly, in 1948 Picasso was living in Vallauris, a town inland from the coastal town Golfe-Juan but not far from Antibes. He was allowed by the city of Antibes to work in the Château Grimaldi for some months, and in return he donated pieces to the city, and the city in turn created the Musée Picasso from the château.


Miro and de Staël have works in the museum. In addition to sketches and paintings, on exhibit are many of Picasso’s pottery pieces. During this period he was often working with pottery and ceramics.


No photographs are allowed, of course. But one can go onto the terrace where there are some sculptures and a wonderful view of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice to the left, and to the right Antibes and Cap d’Antibes.

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Of interest in the museum also are photographs of Picasso at work in his atelier in the château, creating some of the works on display.

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  1. Jack D. #

    It sounds as though you’re thoroughly enjoying yourself. The photos of the art and towns are fine, but I was particularly struck by the one of your dessert plate. . . .

    Jack D

    • The desserts in France are much better and more common than in The US. You know that, I am sure. And the French do not get fat from eating them. They get fat from eating fast food and processed foods like Americans. They are soooo tempting. Often one has a choice in a resto: ‘entrée et plat’ or ‘plat et dessert.’ Frankly, I choose the former. Sometimes there is a prix fixe menu where you can get all three! Whew! Plus a 1/2 bottle of wine. Time for the gym.


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