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Fernand Léger Museum (Biot)

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Fernand Léger Museum (Biot)

This museum celebrating the French artist Fernand Léger (1881-1955) is unquestionably one of the most remarkable spots to visit when on the French Riviera. It is located on the outskirts of the town of Biot, famous in itself for its glass and ceramic artisans. Léger, unlike his peers  (Picasso, Matisse and Braque), never actually lived on the French Riviera, and bought this property just a couple of months before his death. Léger's wife, Nadia, came up with the idea of creating the museum; opened in 1960, it was eventually bequeathed to the nation of France.

Foto: Fernand Léger Museum (Biot)

The façade of the robust, industrial-style building is covered by a huge mosaic mural that Léger had designed for a stadium in Hannover, but which was never brought to fruition. In an honourable gesture, the architect that designed the museum's building did so as to accommodate the sweeping mural in its originally intended size.

Foto: Fernand Léger Museum (Biot)

The museum contains more than 400 works by Léger, and the windows feature stained glass images inspired by his works. It is precisely the wonderful light effects created by these stained glass windows that give the museum its special aura. Filtering through the tinted glass, the sun's rays virtually paint the museum's floors with vivid, abstract imprints of saturated colour. Léger's signature style consisted of bright primary colours and geometric shapes, and although he is now usually academically grouped together with other cubists, he distinctly cut his own path and had his own unique modus operandi.

Chemin du Val-de-Pôme, Biot
www.musees-nationaux-alpesmaritimes.fr/fleger/

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