Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nice
The Beaux Arts in Nice is definitely not the Louvre but the bright side is that you can enjoy it in a couple hours whereas it might take a lifetime to see the entire Louvre. It was built in a former private mansion built in 1878 by the Ukrainian Princess, Elisabeth Vassilievna Kotschoubey and is surrounded by a charming small garden.
In theory the entry is 10 euros but the day we went, they didn't charge us. No explanation and we didn't complain. We took bus #23 to the Rosa Bonheur stop and had to climb a lot of stairs to get to the museum. It is worth the climb.
The first painting you see is a very small, dark Delacroix. They have a small collection so show visiting exhibits too. The current one seemed odd until I read it was a description of the Big Bang (creation of earth); then it made more sense. Among others, they have Fragonard, Dufy, several Boudins, a Corot and a couple Rodin sculptures and a really cute museum cat. We were fortunate enough to meet kitty in one of the rooms.
Address: 33 Avenue des Baumettes, 06000 Nice
Directions: Follow signs from the bus stops
Phone: +33 (0)4 9215-2828
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.
Directions: West of the city centre off Avenue des Baumettes
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
Address: 33, avenue des Baumettes
Directions: Follow the Rue de la Buffa parallel to the sea front out of central Nice, and head inland near the Four Points Sheraton.
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.
Address: 33 Avenue des Baumettes
Directions: West Nice, La Baumettes
Phone: 33 (0)4 92 15 28 28
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.
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