Exhibition until October 10, 2021, Vence Museum, square Frêne 2, 06140 Vence, phone : 04.93.58.15.78, open Thursdays to Sundays (11am - 6pm), ticket full price : 6€, and Rosaire Chapel, 466 Henri Matisse avenue, 06140 Vence, phone : 04.93.58.03.26, Thursdays, Wednesdays, Fridays (10am - 11.30am, 2pm - 5pm), Mondays, Saturdays (2pm - 6pm).
The Vence period of the Matisse painter stays among the most creative of his own art work. Everything begins in 1941 when he is operated giving him a second life like he said. Matisse must relax himself and chooses the quiet city of Vence far from the coast because he is frightened by bombings. He thinks staying there several months but it will be more longer. This six years period of time is leaded by an intense creativy in emergency looking for a colorful inner light. Many people know best this time by remenbering themselves the Rosaire chapel. The Blue, the yellow and the green colors dominate inside the chapel. The roof made with blue and white tiles is surmounted by a big cross. Matisse lives in the villa "Le Rêve" and a young nurse names Monique Bourgeois who has already poses as model for him cures him. When Monique Bourgeois will become nun as sister Jacques - Marie she will ask to Matisse building a chapel because her order must celebrate the office in a garage. The building will be made following the orders of the famous architect Auguste Perret from 1948 to 1951. Henri Matisse paints the walls, makes the church windows and also the religious wardrobes. For underlining better the link that existed between Matisse and the city of Vence a way indicated with blue arrows painted on the ground moves from the Museum to the chapel. Every steps is pounctuated by a Matisse sentence connected with the landscape (Lubiane river, Baous Mountain, ...) where he has finded his own inspiration.