Best atelier for painters with beautiful landscapes and climate

Talking of art in Provence, you can name Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, etc. Cezanne was born at Aix-en-Provence, others had moved from mostly Paris here to pass the rest of their lives. They are called Impressionists whose style is delightfully painted en plein air (in open air) making you really feel as if you were in the picture on the canvas. You can enjoy appreciating every painter's characteristic and way of painting by a visit for several important personal museums or their own houses, where they've painted as an atelier, is open to the public. Let's trace and meet real landscapes that the artists have loved to express nature's spirits.

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

He was born in Aix-en-Provence January 19th in 1839. His father was a banker, so he grew up in a bourgeois family.
He initially painted still lifes using potteries, fruits and clothes. His works, still lifes, portraits and landscapes in oils, often outlined, impress us a decisive conception for every subject without erasing their own exsistences. In his native city, Aix-en-Provence preserves his house "Atelier Cezanne", where he painted for the last four years of his life and exhibits his gadgets for painting from easel to statues.


9, avenue Paul Cézanne- 13090 Aix-en-Provence
Tel: 04 42 21 06 53
Fax: 04 42 21 90 34

Opening hours:
1 October to 31 March
10:00-12:00, 14:00-17:00
*Tour in English at 16:00

1 April to 30 June and 1 to 30 September
10:00-12:00, 14:00-18:00
*Tour in English at 17:00

1 July to 31 August
10:00 to 18:00
*Tour in English at 17:00

Closed: 1-2-3 Jan., 01 May and 25 Dec.
*Closed Sundays in January, February and December

•Booking recommended
Tel: 04 42 161 161

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

His paintings are full of brightness and people who live happily in the ordinary life. They lively talk, sing and dance throuth the paintings created by him with an exceptional technic. Above all, he is known for more expert portraits painter than landscape one like one of his close friends Monet. He moved to Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1907 when he was 66 years old. He had bougnt a farm, where is now "Renoir Museum" and exhibits all decorations and furnishings that he had used every day.
Renoir's studios can be also visited, and there are 11 original paintings from the nacre and Cagnes periods on display, along with his sculptures, sketches, lithographs, and personal possessions.

Chemin des Collettes
Tel: 04 93 20 61 07
Fax: 04 92 02 47 39

Opening hours:
Mon-Sun (except Tuesday); 10:00-13:00/14:00-18:00)
Mon-Sun (except Tuesday); 10:00-12:00/14:00-17:00)
Mon-Sun (except Tuesday);10:00-12:00/14:00-18:00)

1st January
1st May
25 December

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890)

He has left for Arles after getting tired of Paris, and he started a new painter life with Post-Impressionist, Gauguin. His strong vivid colors represent bright sun in the southern France as seen in celebrated painting "Sunflowers". A Dutch painter suffered from incapaciated conditions caused by his illness which even led him to cut off a piece of his left ear. He was admitted to Saint-Paul hospital in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in 1889. During his stay, he painted a number of paintings gardens and landscapes seen from his room. Now this place can be visited. It shows big difference between joy as a painter and sadness as a sick man.

Saint-Paul Hospital
Avenue van Gogh
Phone: 04 90 92 77 00

Opening hours: Open daily. Summer 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00
Winter 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00

Adults; 3,80€
Students, Children (aged 12-16), and those with a visitor pass; 2,80€
Children (aged 12 and under); free

Henry Matisse (1869-1954)

He was born in the north of France after moved to Provence, he mostly lived in Nice for 27 years where he learned and reflect of light for his painting with Renoir. His syle changed in many ways from Fauvism to bold impression. His vivid colors decisively express what subjects tell even if they are not so finely painted. In Cimiez, you can visit "The Matisse Museum" that holds many of the artists work, particulary from the time when he lived here, and exhibits some of his personal items. When Matisse died in 1954, he was buried in the Cemetery of Cimiez.

164, Avenue des Arènes de Cimiez 06000 Nice
Tel: 04 93 81 08 08 (informations)
Tel: 04 93 53 40 53 (conservation)
Fax: 04 93 53 00 22

Marc Chagall (1887-1985)

Marc Chagall was a Russian-Jewish artist and writer in Yiddish and developed his highly original style by blending elements of traditional Jewish culture and modern art.
When he moved in south France, his works during this period are marked with energetic and joyful feelings, expressed by vibrant lines and vivid colors. He also expanded his creativity into sculpture, ceramics and stained glass. We can visit "National Museum Marc Chagall" in Nice. It's very interesting museum to know his work with full of fantasy.

National Museum Marc Chagall
Avenue du Docteur Ménard
06000 Nice
Tel: 04 93 53 87 20
Fax: 04 93 53 87 39

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

A celebrated Spanish painter lived in Provence for the last 30 years of his life shifting his base from Mougins to the Côte d'Azur. He is known for a cubist and an abstractist composing many cubes and irregular figures. His exceptional talent is a technic for capturing every single emotion that comes from surrounding created by him. In fact, his paintings show us visible sentiment even if they are painted by strong touch of color.
You can admire his paintings and drawings at Picasso Museum, located at the Grimaldi Castle in Antibes, has 245 works of Picasso and his wife had given them away to the museum 1n 1990.

Picasso Museum (at Grimaldi Castle)
Place du Chateau, Antibes 06600

Tel: 04 92 90 54 20
Email address:

Opening hours:
16 Sep-14 Jun: 10:00-12:00/14:00 -18:00
15 Jun-15 Sep: 10:00-18:00
Ticket office close; 17:30

*Evening in July and August
Wednesday and Friday; until 20:00.
Tuesday-Sunday; 10:00-18:00 (closed noon-14:00).
Ticket office close; 19:30