Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- Nice alone boasts at least 12 museums.
These include the Marc Chagall National Museum, with its 17
canvasses in a series called "Biblical Message"; the Matisse
Museum, next to the Roman amphitheater in Cimiez; the Jules Cheret
Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Fragonard, Renoir, Degas and
Picasso, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, tracing the
history of European and American avant-garde artists from the 1960s
on and displaying works by Christo, Lichtenstein and Warhol, among
Almost every town along the Riviera and in the hills above has
at least one museum, historical cathedral or other buildings of
Above all, along the way, one can view the colorful and
brilliant works of Matisse, Leger, Renoir and Dufy in the places
where they lived and painted.
* St.-Paul-de-Vence. Maeght Foundation collection includes Arp,
Bonnard, Calder, Chagall, Giacommetti, Kandinsky, Leger, Matisse
* Vence. Matisse Chapel, the artist's final masterpiece.
* Cagnes-sur-Mer. In Haute-Cagnes, the Chateau-Musee, including
modern Mediterranean art; in Cagnes-Ville, the Renoir Museum in Les
Collettes, Renoir's former home.
* Biot. Leger Museum and glass factories.
* Antibes. Picasso Museum in the Chateau Grimaldi.
* Villefranche. Cocteau Chapel.
* Menton. Municipal Museum and Cocteau Hall.
* St.-Tropez. Musee de l'Annonciade, the collection includes
Bonnard, Matisse, Braque, Dufy, Utrillo, Seurat, Derain and
For details, contact the French Tourist Office on the East Coast
at (202) 293-1673; in Chicago at (312) 751-7800, or in California
at (310) 271-6665.