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Matisse’s Chapelle du Rosaire at Vence

If you are inspired to visit Tourrettes Sur Loup (see last post), you should have time to call in to see Matisse’s famous chapel at nearby Vence, which the artist called his ‘masterpiece.’

Recovering in Nice from cancer, Matisse had hired young Monique Bourgeouis to nurse him and act as a model.

Chapelle du Rosaire Vence

The L-shaped Chapelle du Rosaire is a beautiful spiritual place. It’s home to some of Henri Matisse’s favourite sacred objects, like vestments, items of worship, and murals. The crescent-adorned cross rising from the roof makes it clear that the building was designed for religious purposes.

Each artwork is strategically placed across the room. Taking full advantage of the play of light seeping through the stained-glass windows and giving the space a mystical glow. So it’s not surprising why the place is known as the highlight of Vence’s beautiful old town.

With a sign on the door requesting silence in the building. You can observe the magnificent achievement in using colour and light. Become mesmerized by the abstract- created in black outlines on white tiles- images of flowers and that of the Madonna and Child.

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