Painting the Cote d'Azur

Register for this Fall 2022 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.

Artists have been drawn to the magical landscape and the flamboyant lifestyle of the Côte d’Azur since the 19th century. The colors of the Mediterranean sea and the varied coastal landscape along with the region’s mix of elegance and simplicity inspired many artists from different backgrounds. Through illustrated virtual lectures, we will travel along the coast from Menton to Collioure and look at how painters captured the Riviera on canvas in very different styles. We will also visit the small museums that attest to the creative inspiration artists gained during their short or long sojourns: Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence; Matisse Chapel in Vence; Picasso Museum in Antibes; Matisse Museum, Chagall Museum, and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice; Fernand Leger Museum in Biot; Bonnard Museum in Le Cannet; Museum Jean Cocteau in Menton; Museum Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer; and the Collioure Modern Art Museum. Apart from Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and Chagall, we also look at work by Monet, Signac, Braque, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Gris, Cocteau, Picabia, Motherwell, Nicholas de Staël, Yves Klein, Françoise Gilot, Niki de Saint-Phalle, and others who stayed in Saint Tropez, Le Ciotat, Cassis, Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, Golfe-Juan, Mougins, and Cagnes-sur-Mer, among other places. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Applied Liberal Arts (CALA). Email or call 212-998-7289. Fall 2022 tuition is $699.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A new understanding of and appreciation for important works of Impressionist and Modern art
  • Knowledge about the locations that inspired famous Impressionist and Modern artists

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.