Nice and the French Riviera
The French Riviera (or Côte d’Azur as the French actually call it) is the name of an area which roughly extends from Menton, near the Italian border, to an unspecified point between Saint Tropez and Toulon, anyway east of Marseille. Yet, to precisely define it geographically is not really important. Nice, Mougins, Saint Paul, Vence, Antibes, Monaco….the French Riviera has always been a special place for creative people coming from around the world; a land where Mediterranean colors, light, landscape, and art intertwine since the days in which Isadora Duncan, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse chose this piece of southern France coastline as their home .
Such enduring relationship between artists and territory is perfectly expressed by the museums, cultural centers, and exhibition galleries we can enjoy today in this extraordinary land. (Banner image by Tim Gage)