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CULTURE suffused with sunlight and references to Françoise, from cats to moon goddesses. He worked at night in a studio set up in the guard’s hall of Château Grimaldi, a Roman fort in Antibes. Now the Musée Picasso, it houses all of his paintings from that period. “Anyone who wants to see them will have to come to Antibes,” he declared upon donating the great works to the museum. VALLAURIS It was around the same time, just after World War II, that Picasso discovered a new obsession: ceramics. At the Madoura pottery studio in Vallauris, near Antibes, he would spend months at a time playing with forms, textures and glazes, and adorning utilitarian objects with playful motifs and Greek mythological figures. It was there in the studio, in 1953, that he met a new love, Jacqueline Roque, whom he married in Vallauris eight years later. Vallauris has its own Musée Picasso in a château in the main square, with much of his ceramic work on display. The small 14th-century chapel next door is treasured for its War and Peace fresco. This diptych was painted on wood panels lining the vaulted ceiling and was Picasso’s last major Clockwise, from above: The stone sea wall in Antibes overlooks dramatic coastal cliffs and secret inlets; Picasso pieces on display in Paris; Paris was to be an adopted home for Picasso MUSÉE PICASSO, PARIS More than 5,000 works of art, as well as a 200,000-strong archive of personal items, make this the leading Picasso collection in the world. Housed in a baroque mansion in the Le Marais district, it finally reopened in 2014 following an ambitious five-year overhaul. political work—a statement of his commitment to peace. AIX-EN-PROVENCE In 1958, by then a long-established international celebrity, Picasso bought the grand Château de Vauvenargues, at the foot of Montagne Sainte-Victoire overlooking Aix-en-Provence. He reportedly told his dealer he had bought Cézanne’s Sainte- Victoire; the French master had immortalized the mountain in many of his paintings. Picasso, Jacqueline and her daughter Catherine moved to the château in 1959, though for only two years before moving back to the Côte d’Azur until Picasso’s death in 1973. Picasso and Jacqueline are both buried on the grounds of the château, and lucky visitors had a rare glimpse of their life there when Catherine opened it to visitors in 2009. There are rumors of her plans to open a Musée Jacqueline et Pablo Picasso in a nearby convent in 2021 to display her collection of over 2,000 works. EXPLORE MORE 2020 VIKING.COM 101