Musee Picasso

The Museum Picasso is one of the widely visited places in Antibes which was formerly known as Chateau Grimaldi. It is believed to be built on the foundations and remains from the ancient town, Antipolis. In 1608, the Grimaldi family took hold of the building and monopolized it under their name till 1702. However in 1946, it was converted into a museum and Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artist of the 20th century lived there for 6 months. The museum was later renamed to honor the great artist as the Picasso Museum and it is the first one in the history to do so.
Picasso has donated many of his works to the museum (most noted are his paintings “La Joie de Vivre” and “The Goal”). Later the museum acquired many works after the artist’s death including 6 etchings,2 ceramics,10 drawings,4 paintings along with the earlier collection of 60 etchings,6 carpets and 3 paper works. All these are put on display which draws a lot of art admirers to come there and appreciate the greatest modern artist.
The artist stayed on the second floor of the now museum and he is said to have promised the then care taker that he would beautify the walls as a thank you note. One of the most iconic painting La Joie De Vivre (1946) is said to reflect his time spent in Antibes. It showcases the Roman Greek heritage as well as the artist’s mental frame work.
The painting is featured in the second floor of the museum now, which was the artist’s studio then. Another intriguing feature of this particular painting is the kind of materials that the artist used while staying there. It is believed that, Picasso could not get art materials in the small village then and he had to employ the materials which he had procured locally. This museum is a must visit to the art lovers and tourists who are visiting Antibes.