Built in 1878, this magnificent private mansion houses a collection of more than 6000 works of art dating from the 17th ... More
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Built in 1878, this magnificent private mansion houses a collection of more than 6000 works of art dating from the 17th Century to the 1940s. As well as work by French artists (including sculptures by Carpeaux and Rodin), the museum also boasts a fine collection of remarkably restored Flemish school paintings. Two exhibition spaces are entirely devoted to modern art, featuring Kees Van Dongen, Raoul Dufy and Picasso. Of particular note is symbolist work by Nice artist Gustav Adolf Mossa, who for many years was curator of the museum. Call ahead to know more.
It was a little surprise for me as I did not expect such a good collection of Raoul Dufy. On my day of visit, the weather was fantastic, mid 20Cs, blue sky, exactly what Dufy depicted in his colourful paintings. And there were very few visitors. Basically, I can study each Dufy in my own pace. Wonderful experience.
I visited this museum some years ago for its collection of paintings by Raoul Dufy which were excellent. It's a beautiful building in itself. A little walk from the centre of Nice as I recall, and was closed during the lunchtime period as many places in Nice are