Musée National Fernand Léger – Biot, France

I think the highlight of my trip to France back in September was finding the Fernand Léger Museum. Located in Biot, very close to where we were staying in Antibes, it is covered in mosaic. Unfortunately it is currently closed for refurbishment, so we couldn’t see anything inside. There was a gorgeous stained glass mosaic that I’m sure is just amazing from the inside…

Biot is a small town well known for it’s bubble filled glasswork and also it’s pottery. It’s a gorgeous little town. We ended up having dinner there – a yummy, yummy steak for me!

Fernand Léger, a French artist, played a key role in the development of cubism and pop art. A thoroughly interesting man, I highly recommend you reading a little about him on Wikipedia as I’m not going to repeat the information that’s already out there… What I will do however is show you all the amazing pics!!! 🙂 I was blown away… They just kept coming and the sheer magnitude of these things was in itself just overwhelming…

The museum was officially opened in 1960 in the presence of Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Georges Braque. All the mosaics seem to have been created by H. Melano of Biot. They seemed to all be made from glass and some kind of stone. I’m going to say marble, but I could be wrong. It could even perhaps be quartz (?). In any case I LOVE it!!!

I won’t put all the pics up on this post, you’ll find more in my France Mosaics Set on Flickr. Go check them out. They really are amazing…

The Women with the Parrots - mosaic
This one was probably my favourite… I love the mosaic rendition. There was also a bronzed version which was placed righ out the front. The mosaic was behind a huge hedge, all covered up…

Stained glass mosaic from the outside
The stained glass mosaic from outside. Wouldn’t it just be amazing with the light coming through!?

Tiled Sculpture
Tiled sculpture by the cafe…

The Sunflower
“The Sunflower”. This was created by ceramists R & C Brice and mosaicist H Melano in 1967 after a study from 1950.

Musee National Fernand Leger
The mosaic triptych in the carpark. Each panel measured 8m x 12m. Mosaic created by H Melano in 1990.

Musee National Fernand Leger
Front of Museum… Still under construction.

Musee National Fernand Leger
Front of museum aswell. This one measures 2 m x 8m

The Sun
“The Sun”

Musee National Fernand Leger
Amazing, massive mural round the back of the building. It wasn’t accessible, so I could only take pics from afar.

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5 responses to “Musée National Fernand Léger – Biot, France

  1. Pâolà G.

    J’admire Fernand Lèger. J’ai fait une presentation de cet artistes francophone pour ma classe de français à Grand Rapids, MI. J’aime beaucoup ses ouvres et sourtout ses vitraux. C’était une bonne apreciation de son patrimoine culturel.

  2. nancy

    lovely site
    i’m a grade one teacher and love teaching art using artists
    i have been to Biot before , but 10 years ago, i imagine the museum was non existant?
    too bad, it looks lovely
    i will use some of his art to teach primary colors
    merci envore,
    nancy’
    canada

  3. Kim

    Sargon – Biot is in the south of France, down near Nice. Thanks for your compliments 🙂

  4. I love your site and the photos and your appreciation to Leger.
    I am visiting London and then Paris… trying to be lazy.. how far is Biot from Paris…

  5. lorraine

    i will be travelling to biot to stay in my cousins holiday home in biot i will be making sure that i visit this museum i really enjoyed veiwing your pictures

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