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Fall Trip to France 12/17/2014

I recently returned from my annual trip to France to visit new properties and to inspect some of our existing offerings.

My trip started along the Riviera and since my last blog post concerned Matisse and his art in the south of France, I'll share with you some of the art I saw. For me, one important reason to visit the Riviera is to see the art. The Maeght Foundation, located just outside St Paul de Vence, is perhaps the most famous collection of modern art in France outside of Paris. It was built in 1963 and was unique in that artists like Miro, Giacometti and Braque helped to design the museum and the grounds.

Off season is a perfect time to visit, because there are very few tourists and you can stroll the grounds and enjoy the outdoor sculptures in almost isolation. The inside galleries have permanent collections of modern art and changing collections of newer works. But I loved enjoying the sculptures outside. The Giacometti courtyard has a series of figure sculptures that seem to be strolling along with you. Behind the gallery is the Miro Labyrinth a series of patios with large, bold, joyous shapes and figures. And there is a charming mosaic pond "Les Poissons" or the Fish by Braques. And, of course, there was much more.

You can see that although I was working, spending a few hours at this remarkable museum was a treat. So when you plan your next trip to France remember how special this aspect of the Riviera is and plan a visit.


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