Seduced by the seaside beauty of Cote D’Azur (the French Riviera), Auguste Renoir and his family moved to Cagnes-sur-Mer for his last remaining  12 years.

Cagnes-sur-Mer is a quaint seaside resort with 5km of pebble beaches. It is a charming little fishing port typical of the south of France.

Over the last 100 years or so a long list of artists like Modigliani, Renoir and Soutine have fallen in love with this beautiful part of France. It was once a thriving artistic community.

From Renoir’s estate, the painter was able to view the Haut-de Cagnes, a 14th century castle and a residence of the Monaco’s royal family. The garden also offered the artist with beautiful panoramic views of Cap d’Antibes.

Musee Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the former house of Renoir
Source Flickr Musee Renoir by naoko kawachi licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Renoir Museum (musee Renoir) stands in the heart of this beautiful estate. It is a lovely museum, providing you with a very personal account of the artist and his family life.

You can see his studio, his brushes and the colors that were the last on his pallet. You can also see Renoir’s wheelchair placed in front of his easel.

Musee Renoir houses 14 of his original impressionism paintings and some of his sculptures.

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If you are visiting Paris, you can see a greater collection of Renoir’s famous artworks in Musee D’OrsayMusee de l’Orangerie , Petit Palais and Marmottan Museum.

Pierre Auguste Renoir [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons