Foundation Maeght & Matisse's Chapel, Vence, France

Foundation Maeght is, to pinch Mary Poppins’ words a, 'practically perfect in every way' modern art museum perched on the hillside in Saint-Paul de Vence, Nice. In a bespoke building of architectural perfection (designed in 1964 by Josep Lluis Sert) works by Miro, Calder, Léger, Chagall and Giacometti sit alongside a changing, globally significant, collection of modern art. 

Just a little way down the road is the staggering Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, Henri Matisse's masterpiece. A tiny Catholic chapel balanced on the French Riviera.

We visited both in April. Copious words and pictures exist for both of these institutions and I am definitely not qualified to add anything new BUT I want to add some images to the Journal regardless. The weather was memorable for all the wrong reasons when we visited so I don’t have any exterior pictures…if the chance arises you’ll just have to seize it and go and see for yourself.

 Work by Korean artist, Lee Bae (…but look at the floor tiles…every tiny aspect of this light filled place was wonderful. Even in the relentless rain.)

Work by Korean artist, Lee Bae (…but look at the floor tiles…every tiny aspect of this light filled place was wonderful. Even in the relentless rain.)

 Work by Lee Bae

Work by Lee Bae

 Work by Lee Bae

Work by Lee Bae

 Giacometti’s standing on the terrace in the torrential rain

Giacometti’s standing on the terrace in the torrential rain

 Looking through the window (and the streaking rain) to the Maeght Foundation sculpture garden

Looking through the window (and the streaking rain) to the Maeght Foundation sculpture garden

Very close by and most definitely worth the visit is Matisse’s Chapel. This small and simple Catholic church was designed and built between 1949 and 1951. Matisse designed every last detail; stained glass windows, the roof tiles, the priests’ vestments, the bronze candle holders.

 The tiles roof top of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (must be amazing when the sun is out on the Côte d’Azur!)

The tiles roof top of the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (must be amazing when the sun is out on the Côte d’Azur!)

 Designs for the stained glass window at Chapelle du Rosaire.

Designs for the stained glass window at Chapelle du Rosaire.

And finally, if you do find yourselves in old Vence stop for lunch at Crêperie Bretonne. The most wonderful crêpes I’ve ever tasted (and the cider was super good too).