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

  • Enjoy an excursion to the striking Modernist villa E-1027, the first architectural creation of Eileen Gray, containing exquisite furnishings

  • Discover the varied collections held at the Fondation Maeght, the Espace de l’Art Concret and the beautiful Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa

“The breadth and depth of Andrew’s knowledge is remarkable. I thoroughly enjoyed his introductions and explanations and feel to have learnt a lot”

– ACE customer on a 2023 Art on the Côte d'Azur tour with Andrew Spira

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 the footsteps of Cézanne, Monet and Renoir both visited the south of France in the 1880s. 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 artists and others 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, home to the twelve great paintings that make up the Biblical Message series.


Above the beautiful walled village of Saint-Paul de Vence lies the Fondation Maeght, its pine-wooded grounds adorned with work 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 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.


This departure will also include a new excursion exploring minimal and abstract art, taking in the fascinating Cistercian Abbey at Le Thoronet and the nearby chapel of Sainte Roseline, with its Chagall mosaic, as well as the Espace de l’Art Concret, a contemporary arts centre housing abstract art in Mouans-Sartoux.


We will stay throughout at the Hotel Nice Riviera, a comfortable modern hotel ideally situated in the heart of Nice close to the Promenade des Anglais.


This tour will be led by Andrew Spira, MA, an art historian who studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art and City University, London. He has worked at Temple Gallery, London; as a Curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum; and as Programme Director at Christie’s Education. Andrew has been leading cultural tours across Europe for over 20 years, has published several books, and lectures widely on topics including the paintings of Picasso, Matisse, the Cubists and the Fauves.

Tour Code

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, seven breakfasts, one lunch, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £455.

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