Musée Picasso

Lonely Planet review

Pablo Picasso once wrote, "If you want to see the Picassos from Antibes, you have to see them in Antibes". Spectacularly positioned overlooking the sea, 14th-century Château Grimaldi served as Picasso’s studio from July to December 1946. The museum now houses an excellent collection of the master’s paintings, lithographs, drawings and ceramics, as well as a photographic record of the artist at work.

Particularly poignant is Picasso’s La Joie de Vivre (The Joy of Life), one in a series of 25 paintings from the Antipolis Suite. The young flower girl, surrounded by flute-playing fauns and mountain goats, symbolises Françoise Gilot, Picasso's 23-year-old lover, with whom he lived in neighbouring Golfe-Juan.