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A visit to the Maeght Foundation - Saint-Paul-de-Vence

This page was updated on: Thursday, March 23, 2017 at: 7:12 pm

Greeting from the Green Man in the Maeght Foundation

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Green Man

The Maeght Art Foundation is located on the outskirts of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

The Green Man and his friends greet you as you enter!

I spent my last day on the Côte d'Azur exploring this fabulous collection of modern art.

I then wandered the rues of the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence.

The long time Cannes art dealers and collectors Marguerite and Aimé Maeght founded the Maeght Foundation in 1964.

They then benefited from the patronage of André Malraux, France's Minister of Cultural Affairs.

The Foundation's stunning building gather a collection of modern and contemporary art by many of the most important artists of the 20th century.

The great artists of the 20th century at the Maeght Foundation

Some of these artists actually contributed to the planning of the building.

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Fountain by Miro

They also created pieces of art and sculpture that would specifically fit into the space.

The setting of the Maeght Foundation is amazing.

It's indeed high in the hills overlooking Nice, surrounded by natural Mediterranean flora and beautiful gardens.

Much of the sculpture is outdoors with many pieces, such as the Green Man, enhancing water features.

I especially liked the pieces playing in the water.

Here are a few examples for you to enjoy.

Ever since my first art history class in college, I've been a fan of Alberto Giacometti, Swiss-born sculptor, painter and print-maker.

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Man Walking by Giacometti

While his almost-Surrealist style isn't for everyone, I find his gaunt and tortured figures compelling.

I was therefore thrilled to find an entire courtyard at the Maeght Foundation devoted to Giacometti's work!

Further research revealed that Aimé Maeght represented Giacometti throughout most of his career, both selling and collecting his work.

Research also revealed that another Man Walking from a series of sculptures created by the artist sold at auction at Sotheby's London in 2010 for a record breaking $104.3 million.

That's serious money!

Looks like I have good taste in artists.

St Paul de Vence - Department of Alpes-Maritimes
Coordinates for Maeght Foundation: Lat 43.700834 - Long 7.114945

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