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Introduction: Art Trails of the French Riviera (01:50)


In this film, Kate Comer travels through the south of France, to visit the birthplace of several art movements.

Arles, France (02:56)

The city initially rejects Vincent van Gogh; he asks Paul Gauguin to stay with him. The men argue and van Gogh cuts off his ear. Van Gogh leaves Arles in 1889 and commits suicide in 1890.

Aix-en-Provence, France (08:43)

Upset with the Paris Salon, Impressionists arrive in the French Riviera as exiles. Paul Cézanne produces several paintings of Mont Sainte Victoire. Cormer visits his studio and joins an art class to paint the Carrières de Bibémus.

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France (04:52)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir retires to a farmhouse and transforms it into an art studio; he befriends Henri Matisse. Roland Constant discusses Renoir's struggle with arthritis and perseverance to paint; he dies in 1919.

Vallauris, France (04:28)

Pablo Picasso starts creating pottery in 1946; he lives in the French Riviera from 1951-1973. Picasso paints the vaults of the town's chapel; Cormer examines "War and Peace."

Biot, France (02:50)

Glassblowers have been creating art in the town since 1956. In 1955, Fernand Leger builds a home and studio that is now a museum; he dies the same year. Cormer examines Leger's war art and stained glass.

Antibes, France (05:35)

Art lines the seafront and can be found throughout the town. Cormer examines Picasso pottery at Ceramiques du Chateau and travels a promenade that highlights paintings of Castle Grimaldi by famous artists.

Nice, France (04:12)

The city boasts a heavy Italian influence; it becomes a high-class resort in the early 20th century. Cormer visits the Hotel Negresco and house of Henri Matisse. She discusses his focus, personality, and desire to be alone.

Saint Paul de Vence, France (03:22)

Matisse's friendship with Sister Marie Jacques leads him to build a chapel. Cormer visits the Chapel of the Rosary and talks about her experience with Sister Marie Pierre.

Saint Paul de Vence: Collectors (06:35)

The Colombe D’Or hotel houses the Roux family's art collection. During the 1940s, it is the main cultural meeting place in the French Riviera. The Maeght Foundation houses one of the most expansive art collections in France.

Antibes and Haute-Cagnes (03:11)

The Belles Rives, built by Frank Jay Gould, is a monument to Art Deco and a beacon for the famous and the wealthy. Castle Grimaldi houses many paintings of Suzy Solidor.

Cap Ferrat, France (02:47)

Beatrice Rothschild fills the Villa Ephrussi with art treasures from around the world. Jean Cocteau decorates the Villa Santo Sospir with mythology themes and dreamscapes.

Artistic Heritage (02:34)

The achievements of modernists and cubists in the French Riviera shape today's art and inspire artistic movements. Museums honor Riviera-based masters. Cormer admires the contemporary work of Jaume Plensa in Masséna Square.

Credits: Art Trails of the French Riviera (00:43)

Credits: Art Trails of the French Riviera

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Most people descend upon the Cote D’Azur in search of sun, sea, fine wine and fine dining but the Riviera isn’t just a holiday destination for sun-worshippers. The region also presents the traveler with an extraordinary art trail once touched by the greatest artists of the modern era: Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Paul Signac, Pierre Bonnard, Fernand Leger, Marc Chagall and even the avant garde poet, Jean Cocteau all made the French Riviera their home. The most remarkable fact is that it is here that they produced some of the masterworks which changed the face of art as we know it.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL204683

ISBN: 978-1-64867-897-4

Copyright date: ©2013

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