Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

The giant of 20th-century art, spent most of his later life in Provence, inspired by its luminous light and brilliant colors. He came first to Juan-les-Pins in 1920, and returned to Antibes in 1946 with Françoise Gilet. He was given a studio in the seafront Grimaldi palace where, after wartime Paris, his work became infused with Mediterranean light and joyful images. No other artist has succeeded with so many art forms, and the Antibes collection is a taste of his versatility. He died at nearby Mougins at the age of 92.

Pablo Picasso in his museum at Antibes in 1948.

La Joie de Vivre (1946) is one of Picasso's main works from the Antibes period, using favorite mythological themes. He is the bearded centaur playing the flute, and Françoise Gilet is the Maenad who dances while two fauns leap about and a satyr plays a panpipe.

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