Day 36 Antibes & Monaco
Today was a beautiful Day! Are you ready for some visual delights!? As we left Juan Les Pins/Antibes, we made a few last stops. First, to the early morning market.
From there we visited Picasso’s home and Atelier in Antibes. He only lived here for six months, but he painted on the walls, so if you want to see this Picasso, you need to see it in Antibes😉
I know we took you to a museum yesterday, so I will be a little more sparse in my sharing today😊
I’ll just share a few more of my favorites
The famous joie de vivre!
The museum describes the origins of this painting. By saying “This work, obviously a parody of Henri Matisse’s celebrated work Bonheur de Vivre (1905–06), is often read as a celebration of peace. Henri Matisse lyrical work features nubile girls dancing and playing pipes in an idyllic setting as long, sensual curvaceous lines flow through the composition. Picasso’s copy is more overtly mythological, featuring with pipe-playing fauns and dancing creatures. However, he captures Matisses’s lyricism in the extended swirling lines of the figures, whose forms appear to grow organically like flowers moving upwards towards the Mediterranean sun.
Picasso had finally returned to his favoured French Riviera to enjoy freedom from Occupation as well as burgeoning relationship with a young French artist, Francoise Gilot, whom he painted as a flower in 1946. She is possibly the model for the central creature of this work, with its long flowing hair. The couple visited Matisse in Nice — it was probably Matisse’s request to paint Francoise with green hair that provoked Picasso to copy his rival’s earlier work with this large 120 x250 cm oil on fibreboard.
Picasso, 65 years old, an age when most retire, was once more in love with a very young woman and full of creative fervour. Francoise, 25, found she was pregnant shortly after this work was finished.”
Men! Always inspired by women😉😄
From the museum we took a quick detour to this little town, Cap d’Ail, our son David told us about… a memory from many years ago.
And then on to Monte Carlo.
I must say, Jonny and I were very unimpressed with Monte Carlo. I suppose it’s a “must see“, and I would’ve felt like I missed something if we had just driven through, but after an hour, Jonny and I were ready to leave.
We drove for about 45 minutes, going through one tunnel after another the whole drive, never under the sky long enough to hear one full song on the radio😳….and at the of one tunnel was a pot of gold…Italy!
We stopped in Savona to cut our drive doem…Tomorrow off to Portofino in the AM!