From dawn to dusk, the light of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region has inspired the world’s greatest artists from time immemorial… Discover the Art Route in 5 colourful stages and delve into the landscapes that have inspired many masterpieces.
Put your easel down in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, once home to Vincent Van Gogh. Cloître Saint Paul is home to a fascinating reconstruction of his room and 20 life-size reproductions of his works. A full immersion in the artist’s vibrant and colourful world. Prolong the pleasure with a walking itinerary dedicated to the landscapes of Van Gogh. You will love wandering among the 19 reproductions dotted along the way. Download the « Van Gogh Natures » app for an even more mesmerizing experience !
You couldn’t possibly explore the Art Route without a stop-off in Aix-en Provence, the birthplace of Cézanne. A special in-town itinerary is now dedicated to this extraordinary artist and fervent lover of Provence. Start your tour with a visit to the Atelier de Cézanne(his former studio), immersing you in the private life of the artist and his sources of inspiration. A fascinating foray into the world of Cézanne. Next, head to the top of Colline des Lauves hill, where you can admire 9 enamelled lava reproductions of Cézanne’s depictions of Sainte-Victoire Mountain, the artist’s monumental muse…
Get ready to experience some raw emotion during the third stage of your tour. The magnificent Chapelle Notre Dame du Rosaire in Vence was designed and painted by none other than Matisse. The beauty of its stained-glass windows and murals is positively jaw-dropping. The artist considered this humble building as his greatest masterpiece. On Place Frédéric Mistral, the Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs and its tiled dome of many colours is an absolute must-see. Now a listed monument, the chapel stages many modern and contemporary exhibitions. Not to be missed!
It’s time to head to the Musée Picasso d’Antibes. Set facing the Med, this superb building stages a gorgeous collection of artistic gems with something for every age and taste – a great opportunity to introduce your little ones to paintings. A budding artist in the family? Treat them to a Liberty Art art lesson to free up their creativity! And while little artists dabble, the grown-ups dip… Make the most of the jacuzzis, steams rooms and spas at the Thalazur Thalassotherapy Institute for a moment of pure pleasure and relaxation.
The last stage of the Art Route, the town of Biot offers a host of artistic and cultural activities. The Musée National Fernand Léger pays tribute to this modern master’s raw colours and bold, geometric shapes. Suitable for children, the museum also features a « touch library » with many textures for the visually-impaired. Biot is internationally famed for its traditional glassmaking expertise. You can visit the town’s oldest glassmaker to polish up your skills!