Henri Matisse’s Apartment on the French Riviera Hits the Market for $2.7 Million
The famed French artist lived in this spectacular Nice residence for more than a decade
A spectacular apartment that once belonged to famed French painter Henri Matisse has hit the market for $2.7 million. Perched on a high floor of the landmark Régina in Cimiez in the seaside city of Nice, the glamorous two-bedroom unit features extraordinary views of the Bay of Angels from its four balconies and striking bow window.
Matisse, a pillar of modern art, acquired the 1,700-square-foot dwelling in the 1930s, choosing to make it both his primary residence and studio for the next decade. “The large colorful reflections in January, the brightness of the day are what attracted me to settle here,” he wrote shortly before his death in 1954. The unit is particularly noteworthy as the location that inspired the artist to pare down his aesthetic to include working with just paper, scissors, glue, and gouache to create his famous cutouts, which once adorned the walls. New owners can also enjoy access to the Belle Époque building’s host of amenities, among them a swimming pool, tennis court, gardens, and a fitness center.
The unit is listed with Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty. See below for a peek inside.