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The Domaine des Collettes, in Cagnes sur Mer

Renoir (selportrait)In 1908 Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the founders of Impressionism moved to the Collettes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, accompanied by his wife Aline and her three son, Pierre, and Jean Claude . He built a house with all the amenities of the time, and a large workshop.

Dealers Vollard, Durand-Ruel, the collector-Gangnat patron and painter Albert André were followers of Collettes. Rodin, Bonnard, Matisse and Modigliani also came to visit.

Young "cagnoises" incurred as servants often serve as models for Renoir. He painted with full body, sensual, and faces shining light. Renoir likes skins bouncing light and present tones evoking a simple life and healthy.

Domaine des CollettesIt was at Cagnes-sur-Mer as Renoir will for the first time the sculpture with Richard Guino then Louis Morel. The monumental Venus Vitrix, Berger Pâris, chest Aline, the Petit Forgeron attest to the superb work done with Guino from 1913 to 1918 and give the impression of sculptures directly outings of his paintings.

Handicapped by articular rheumatism, Renoir painted yet with impatience and frenzy until the last day, December 3, 1919. He had 78 years. He will leave Cagnes-sur-Mer landscapes, portraits, nudes, sculptures, still lifes.
The museum Renoir with its collections, its 11 original paintings, furniture, sculptures and magnificent area planted with olive trees, remains the moving testimony of his creative universe and familiar.

Collettes Garden

Gardens of the Renoir MuseumRenoir, along with his friend Monet garden in Giverny, he also had his dream garden of the Collettes, an area planted with olive-old facing the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes and sheltering a farmhouse shutters green, nestled in the wild herbs and vines to espaliers.

In this simple and rustic as Renoir spent the last eleven years of his life, attentive to the beauty of nature surrounding it, inspired by the simplest things: fruits, vegetables, roses cultivated by his wife, bouquets cut flowers ...

The city of Cagnes sur Mer having acquired the field since 1960 working to conserve the natural and rustic character of this beautiful garden, scene of prestigious events such as concerts lyric of "Domaine Voice of Renoir" or the "Festival of the Olivier. "

(Source Office de Tourisme Cagnes sur Mer)

Renoir, painting gallery

Young girl with daisies Bather (1887) In the fields (1890) Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876) The Reading (1876) The Merchant of Apples (1890)

Others artists -

Picasso - Matisse - Signac - Van Gogh - Giono - Mistral - Pagnol - Daudet

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Cagnes sur Mer - Côte d'Azur - Artistes de Provence