Travel Inspiration

Last updated 24 Oct, 2017 - back to blog

Our Director and Senior Designer, Clare Feather, recently enjoyed several weeks travelling through France. Needless to say, she had a marvelous time and returns invigorated and inspired from the architecture, design, landscapes and art she encountered.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Picasso Museum in Antibes. The city is on the French Riviera and is renowned as a chic resort destination, spotted with grand villas with stunning views of Port Vauban and the luxury yachts moored within.

The museum is situated in the Castle Grimaldi, the site of which was the ancient Greek city of Antipolis and was also used as a Roman military camp. During the Middle Ages it was the residence of bishops and from 1385 was home to the Monegasque family. In 1792 it became residence of the governor of the King and from 1820 became military barracks. In 1925 it was purchased by the city of Antibes and became the Grimaldi Museum.

In September 1945, Pablo Picasso was offered the use of part of the castle as a studio. He created 23 paintings and 44 drawings during his stay, the most famous including - The Joy of Life, Satyr, Fauna and Centaur with Trident, The Gobeur of Sea Urchins, The Woman with Sea Urchins, and The Goat.

In 1966, the Grimaldi castle officially became the Picasso museum, and is the first museum dedicated to the artist and has been enriched with further collections.

Picasso is regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and pioneered Cubism, invented collage and contributed to Symbolism and Surrealism. These movements impacted architectural design and are traced to the origins of futurist and contemporary architecture.

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