Villa Californie the French home of Picasso

As Picasso’s art Les femmes d’Alger (Version O) sells for a record $179m this week at Christie’s, I thought I’d take a peek inside his homes and studios on the French Riviera…


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Picasso moved to Vallauris Golfe-Juan in 1947 and discovered ceramics, producing over 4,000 works at the Fournas workshop. He then moved to the Villa Californie in Mougins, a 19th century house just outside Cannes in 1953 and finally to Notre Dame de Vie where he lived for 12 years with his wife Jacqueline Roque and died in 1973.


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Picasso’s house in Notre Dame de Vie.


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Above is how it looks today, and below when it belonged to Picasso…


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It has 10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 2 swimming pools, a tennis court, guest house and guard house and sold in 2013 for $220 million.


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Picasso was a great lover of dogs…


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Above: Picasso and Jacqueline and dachshund, Lump.


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Picasso in Villa Californie with his daughter Paloma in 1957.


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In his studio Villa Californie.

Below with Brigitte Bardot…

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And finally at his home at Notre Dame de Vie…


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Above: Picasso arranges a display of his paintings at his home in Notre Dame de Vie. 

Below is also Notre Dame de Vie…


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I’ll leave you with him doing what he does the best…

WORDS: Cand Juskus

PHOTOS: The Gorgeous Daily, David Douglas Duncan, MessyNessyChic and others