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  • Visit museums dedicated to individual artists such as Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and Léger

  • Find out what made these artists and others travel to the south of France to live and work

  • Experience the work of leading 20th century artists in the peaceful hillside setting of the Fondation Maeght

"This was a well designed and well organised tour… Suzanne the art specialist was excellent, interested and lively"

- ACE customer on 2019 Art on the Côte d'Azur tour with Suzanne Fagence Cooper

From the late 19th century onwards, the vivid colours of the Côte d’Azur, as well as the region’s mild climate and dramatic landscapes, captivated a succession of Europe’s leading artists.


Following in Cézanne’s footsteps, Monet and Renoir both visited the south of France in the 1880s, while Signac famously sailed into St Tropez harbour in 1892 and stayed, later building a house and inviting other artists to join him. Matisse arrived in Nice in 1917 and it was not long before his friend and rival Picasso joined him on the Côte d’Azur.


During our week in Nice and its environs we will consider what drew these and other artists to the south of France and explore the legacy they left in the region: from Matisse’s stunning Chapelle du Rosaire to Picasso’s work at the former Château Grimaldi in Antibes and Jean Cocteau’s ‘Salle des Mariages’ at Menton.


A number of these artists have museums dedicated to them, amongst which are the Musée Matisse, Musée National Fernand Léger and Musée Chagall. The latter is home to the twelve great paintings that make up the Biblical Message series.


The great strength of the Musée de l’Annonciade in St Tropez is the collection of works by Signac and the neo-Impressionists, Bonnard and the Nabis, and Matisse and the Fauves. Meanwhile, above the beautiful walled village of St Paul de Vence lies the Fondation Maeght, its pine-wooded grounds adorned with works by Giacometti, Calder and Miró. The Foundation possesses one of Europe’s most important collections of 20th century painting, drawing and sculpture: Braque, Chagall, Léger and Calder are all represented.


The breathtakingly beautiful Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens, erected between 1907 and 1912 in the style of a Venetian palace, displays the superb collection of Baroness Béatrice. Paintings by the masters are shown alongside porcelain, furniture and decorative items from the 15th to the 19th century.


We will stay throughout at the four-star Hotel Nice Riviera, ideally situated in the heart of Nice close to the Promenade des Anglais.


This tour will be led by art historian and author Suzanne Fagence Cooper, MA, PhD, an Arts Society accredited lecturer, art historian and curator. Suzanne was a curator and Research Fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum for 12 years, and she curated the 2019 exhibition Turner, Ruskin & the Storm Cloud at York Art Gallery. Suzanne looks forward to returning to the Côte d’Azur with another ACE group in 2022.

Tour Code

Included: Return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: Travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £395.

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