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Pablo Picasso

On 8 April 1973, Pablo Ruiz Picasso died at the age of 91, at Notre-Dame-de-Vie, his last residence in Mougins, where he also had his last studio.
The world-renowned Spanish artist was very familiar with the perched village he had already known with one of his many Muses, Dora Maar, from 1936 to 1939.
At the time, the painter often chose to go out alone at night with his chauffeur Marcel, in his spacious Hispano-Suiza.
Crisscrossing France at top speed on its national highways, this resolutely independent mode of transport allowed him to carry all the equipment he needed and return with many objects, cobbles, seashells, driftwood, ceramics and frames he collected on beaches and in shops.
Preferring the dazzling Mediterranean light to drab Paris streets, Picasso would go to Hôtel Vaste Horizon to join his artist friends: Paul Éluard, Roland Penrose, Man Ray, René Char and Lee Miller. Years later, in 1961, Picasso offered “Le Mas Notre-Dame-de-Vie” as a wedding gift to his future wife Jacqueline Roque.
He had become acquainted with it back in the 1930's, when he visited the Guinness family, founders of the famous Irish stout.
From 1961 to 1973, the Spanish genius stayed all year in this estate next to Notre-Dame-de-Vie Chapel.
This marked the beginning of a very prolific period when he worked on painted sculptures of cut-out sheet metal: The Chair, Woman with outstretched arms, Woman with a child and Footballers.
In November 1962, he painted the Rape of the Sabine Women series, a version of which is on display at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
A privileged theatre for the Master’s ingeniousness, “Le Mas Notre-Dame-de-Vie” was seen by the artist’s entourage as a museum, whose 35 rooms on an 800m² surface area were filled with masterpieces from floor to ceiling...
Today, snapshots by Lucien Clergue, owned by the Classical Art Museum of Mougins (MACM) relate Picasso’s life in his home in Mougins, near Notre-Dame-de-Vie Chapel.