Artistique on the Mediterranean coast!

Especially in the Provence and the Roussillon, many famous artists were drawn to the coast. The wonderful light, picturesque environment and stunning views were perfect sources of inspiration. Apart from the artists mentioned below, who are represented in many museums on the coast, also Picasso, Gauguin, Braque and Monet have immortilised the Provence and the Roussillon.

In the year 2006, the world famous art painter Cezanne's death centennial was celebrated in Aix-en-Provence, where, in his honour, a special walk was set out through the town. All you have to do is to follow the copper "C".

The recognisable cubism of Chagall and his special paintings with a Biblical theme draw many visitors to the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice.

Vincent van Gogh came to Arles in the Provence in 1888. Memories of the artist are kept alive by the Foundation Vincent-van-Gogh-Arles in the 18th century Palais de Luppé. Here you can admire an important collection of paintings of modern day artists, all dedicated to Van Gogh.

Van Gogh also painted a lot in Saint-Rémy. You can enjoy a beautiful walk from the assylum of Saint Paul de Mausole, where he stayed for a while, passing several spots where he painted some of his best known work. In the museum Centre d'Art Presence Vincent van Gogh in the Hôtel Estrine in Saint-Rémy, you can admire the work of the master.

The museum of Henri Matisse is housed in 164, av. des Arènes de Cimiez in Nice.

In Cagnes-sur-Mer you can find the Renoir Museum in the Domaine des Collettes, where he lived.

If you want to experience the Provence through the eyes of the famous artists of the last centuries, the "route of the painters" is a wonderful idea. This route will take you to to places where Van Gogh, Braque and Cézanne painted their work. This special route is organised by the Comité Régional de Tourisme Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and takes a few days.

The COBRA movement, a museum in Perpignan

The Museum of Beaux Arts, "Hyacinthe Rigaud", is housed in 16 rue de l'Ange, in the centre of Perpignan. Here you can find a collection of Catalan gothic paintings and important works of Rigaud, who was born in Perpignan in 1659. You can also find paintings of Clavé, Maillol, Manolo, Dufy, Picasso, Ingres, Géricault, Greuze, Bausil, Brune, Daura, Monfreid, Terrus and Violet.

The museum also has several other, modern works of art (of 210 different artists) which is unique in Europe. There are e.g. paintings of Aléchinsky, Appel and Linström. The museum in Perpignan has also one of the nicest collections of the COBRA movement.

On the Vermeille coast, just south of Perpignan, you can find several museums of modern art in e.g. Collioure, Banyuls, Ceret en St. Cyprien. Especially Collioure is one of the most popular places for everyone who loves modern art.