on March 21, 2009
Henri Matisse lived in Nice for many years in various hotels and apartments. Born in 1869, he didn't start painting until he was 20 years old, during his convalescence from appendicitis. He was influenced by the Impressionists and the post-Impressionists and is famous for his use of bright colors. His later works were cut-outs of sea creatures and plants, several of which hang in the museum in Nice. He also designed the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, a chapel near Nice; plans for the chapel are also in the museum.Near the Hotel Regina where Matisse lived for many years is the beautiful 17th century Italian villa that houses the collection. It is open daily except Tuesday and, like all Nice museums, is free. One of the things I particularly like about the museum is that, in addition to Matisse's paintings, there are many of his possessions. For example there are an imaginative table and chair that also appear in his paintings. It's interesting to see the actual object and his interpretation.
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