House-Museum of Henri Matisse in Nice
In Nice, on one of the hills of Cimiez, near the ancient Roman ruins in the 17th century Genoese mansion is the Matisse Museum. The building presents the artist’s work from the first work, Nature Perished in Books, to the last composition, Flowers and Fruits. In the expositions, the search for the path of the creator, his findings in working with color is traced. In a separate room are the graphic works of Matisse. Almost all of the sculptural creations of the painter are represented in the collection of this museum. Not only Matisse’s works became a decoration of the museum. The books illustrated by the artist, silk-screen printing, tapestries, ceramics, stained-glass windows, photographs, personal belongings, documents became an addition to the knowledge of the depth of thinking and the scope of imagination of a creative person. Nice has become the artist’s home. For four decades, he enjoyed her beauty and atmosphere. Here he left his soul and body: the master of color was buried in a cemetery near the monastery of Simeiz. Bold experiments with color, paper, clay, ceramics and other materials made Henri Matisse a great genius with a bright creative expression. Do not go to the museum “for the sake of show”. If you value painting, honor the talent of its brightest representatives (and Matisse is one of them), want to understand and understand the work of avant-garde artists, then feel free to book an excursion to the Matisse house-museum. How to get to visit the famous painter (how to get to the museum) From the center of Nice, take buses No. 15, 17, 20, 22 or 25 to the Arenes or Pre Catalan stop. When you get off at the right stop, you will find yourself at the entrance to the Simie Arena park. Keep a reference to the ruins of the ancient Roman period. In the heart of the park is the Matisse Museum. It is impossible not to notice the beautiful three-story restored building of the color of ocher. You can touch the beautiful for free (ticket prices and excursions) You can visit the museum of the famous painter for free, but you will have to pay money for the excursion service. A group visit for adults will cost 80 euros, an excursion of 20 euros will cost students. The master’s works are waiting for you (museum opening hours) The museum receives visitors every day except Tuesday and holidays (December 25, January 1, May 1, Easter Sunday), from 10:00 to 18:00. It is possible to book a guided tour. Then a visit to the sights will take place at 15:30 on one of the days of the week, except Tuesday and the weekend. Time for Matisse’s eternal creations (how much time to plan) A guided tour of the museum will take no more than 3 hours of your time. When visiting Matisse’s home alone, you can calculate your time spent among the artist’s works. We advise that since you are on the hill of Cimiez, to visit the French monastery there and the Church of Our Lady of the same monastery. You can pay tribute to Matisse by going to the monastery cemetery. You can still stroll through the park among the ruins of the Roman city, have a small picnic while admiring the views of Nice and the sea. How the house became a museum (a bit of history) In the 17th century, a villa was built for the consul of Nice, Jean-Baptist Governoris. Over its history, the mansion changed its owner several times. After the First World War, the already famous artist Matisse, due to complications after bronchitis, settles in Nice. In 1917 he lives in the Bo Rivage hotel, on the Eta Uni embankment. A year later, he moved to a villa in which he lived until his death. The Bay of Angels, the morning sea, the color scheme of the sea elements captured the artist. The work captivated his whole life, although he found time for a hobby – rowing. Of course, the creations of this period are bright, colorful, full of life, feelings. But not everything was cloudless in a paradise city. In Nice, he divorces his wife, is undergoing cancer surgery. The illness confined him to a wheelchair. Matisse was not concerned with politics, but during World War II he was unsettled by the arrest of his daughter, who took part in the Resistance. The design of the rosary chapel in Vence absorbed the entire post-war time of Matisse. During his lifetime, he gives Nice his canvas “Still Life with Pomegranates”, drawings, “Creole Dancer”, two silk-screen printing. Nine years have passed since the death of the painter (1954) before his museum was opened in the city. To date, the museum exhibits 68 paintings, more than 200 prints, two hundred drawings, 57 sculptural works. Many more Matisse’s personal belongings, books, photographs, his unique works. The soul of Matisse, invested in his creations, invisibly present, rises above Nice with the museum. And so it will be forever! Look and be surprised (what to look for) The museum exhibits are located in 18 rooms. Each hall is a separate story from the artist’s creative life, where diverse works on one subject are presented. This makes it possible to observe the creative “torment” of Matisse, his ideas in finding the right color, material, shape. We can advise you on some of his works. A collage made of paper “Dancing Creole” (1950) is one of the most extravagant creations of the painter.