Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nice
This gallery has occupied the villa of the Ukranian Princess since 1928. Built in 1878, this magnificent building sits in its own grounds. Its collection is an extensive one, but I was especially impressed by the post impressionist works of Felix Ziem, Luise Breslau, Jules Bastien Le Page, and Jules Cheret. Cheret is often referred to as the inventor of the modern poster. There was one room filled with paintings by Dufy, but I felt these were not the best examples of his work. The museum is normally open from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is interesting because of the excellent paintings by lesser known artists.
Tucked away in the district of Baumettes is this sumptuous villa built in the 1870's for a Russian princess, now transformed into a museum of fine arts. Gifted to Nice by wealthy amateur artist Jules Cheret, some of whose works are displayed within (thankfully not many. You can sense the hanging committee biting its tongue, owing the founder space for his hideous frivolous choclate-box creations). Several rooms of the superb French master Raul Duffy are here, along with less well known works by other artists of the period.
The museum is a short walk from the Sheraton Four Points, about a kilometre walk along the curve of the Prom, and set among many interesting villlas of the belle epoche
This museum houses a wonderful collection of Raoul Dufy paintings amongst others and is always my main reason to come here. The museum is in the west of Nice a little bit of a walk from the centre, but not too far. The beautiful building in itself is worth a visit also!
Try visiting on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of every month when the museum entry is free.
The museum displays its vast collections, wich are going from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries (Italian seicento, french eighteenth century : Van Lou, Natoire , Fragonard) in a magnificient residence, erected in1878 by the princess Kojchoubey. An important panorama of the french nineteenth century is therein given Bastien-Lepage, Bashkeirkeff, Carpeaux, Chéret, Rodin, impressionism and post-impressionism : Boudin, Monet, Vuillard, Van Dongen.