Not surprisingly the French Riviera has always been a bit of a magnet for artists. It’s gorgeous and warm and, well, gorgeous. Picasso spent a lot of his time there and, amongst other places, came to live just outside the town of Antibes in 1946. He had no studio space so the curator of the small museum in the Chateau Grimaldi gave him a space on the second floor. Clearly he liked it there – only leaving when it became too cold in winter – because he gave the town 23 paintings and 44 drawings in 1946 and then 78 of his ceramic pieces in 1948. In 1966 the 12th century chateau became the Musee Picasso.
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