Monday, 25 April 2011

The House That Renoir Built

I know things are getting back to normal because those old Paris blues are creeping up on me again. Not only Paris, but all of France. 

Thinking of Renoir
The Musée d'Orsay isn't the only place to get a "Renoir fix".  One of my favorite places in the south of France is the Musée Renoir, the house and studio where Renoir lived located in Cagnes-Sur-Mer. It’s a beautiful drive from Nice (about 10 miles) and is well worth visiting.

In 1908, Renoir had this house, Des Collettes, built to his specifications, and he remained there until his death in 1919. He and Madame Renoir made a haven for their family in this beautiful home surrounded by magnificent gardens and twisting olive trees (those gorgeous olive trees)!

Now a museum, the house holds much of Renoir’s original furniture,  as well as some paintings and drawings. Most touching is his wheelchair which still sits in front of his easel.

I've visited this museum twice and both times, left feeling I knew Renoir just a little bit better. It's not really an art museum. It's a home, studio, and portrait of a way of life.

Not only do I love Renoir's paintings, but I think I would have liked him as a person. There are so many books written by contemporaries and family that it’s not difficult to feel you know him. He was a good friend, close to his family, and had a sense of humor.

This studio/museum is a must if you're interested in the Impressionists and their era. And truly, driving around the Riviera isn't too hard to take!


Musée Renoir
Chemin des Collettes
F-06600 Cagnes-sur-mer
France

Renoir, My Father, Jean Renoir
Renoir: An Intimate Record, Ambroise Vollard
Renoir: His Life, Art, and Letters, B.E. White


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3 comments:

  1. Susan, I'm so glad to know Renoir had a sense of humor! Even his wheelchair looks like a fun ride. Thanks for this and your recent posts, invariably fascinating with great photos. Hope you all had a Happy Easter!

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  2. Hi Gail! You're probably right about the wheelchair but they wouldn't let me sit in it! Hope you're getting ready for a fun summer.

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  3. Oh, you are such a lucky girl (envious, moi? Pah, as if..)! Sighhhhhhhhh.

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