|Destination: French Riviera|
|What To See
* Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe
* Cathédrale Ste-Réparate
* Colline du Château (Castle Hill)
* Cours Saleya
* Hôtel Négresco
* Musée des Beaux-Arts
* Musée International d'Art Naïf Anatoly Jakovsky
* Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall
* Palais Lascaris
* Palais Masséna - Musée d'Art et d'Histoire
* Promenade Des Anglais
* Quartier du Paillon
* Quartier du Port
* Vieille Ville
+ The Riviera
In The Know
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Musée des Beaux-Arts
( Highly Recommended )
Once home to a Ukranian princess, this handsome residence, built in the style of 17th-century Genoese palaces, is now home to Nice's Museum of Fine Art.
The collection began with a donation from Napoléon II and includes works from 17th-century Italian Old Masters right through to contemporary works. One entire gallery is given over to 18th-century Niçoise artist Carle Van Loo (1705-65) and the main staircase is adorned with the works of Jules Chéret (1836-1932), a popular belle époque lithographist, who introduced colour advertising posters to France in 1866.
The Ècole Française is also well represented, with works by Dégas, Boudin and Sisley. Sculptures by Rodin and Carpeaux also form part of the collection, together with important impressionist and post-impressionist works by Bonnard, Vuillard and Van Dongen (including his famous Tango of the Archangel - an entertaining evocation of the roaring twenties on the Riviera).
The main attraction of the museum is an exceptional collection of works by the impressionist café-society artist, Raoul Dufy, moved from the old Musée Dufy on the waterfront because the salt air was affecting the paint. Of particular note are the early fauve works, the 1908 Bâteaux à l'Estaque (a cubist painting predating cubism), and a handful of colourful Nice scenes.
Address: 33 avenue des Baumettes
Phone: 04 92 15 28 28
Open: 10-12, 2-6. Closed Mon and some hols
Bus: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 22