Henri Matisse (Le Cateau, 1869 – Nice, 1954)
Henri Matisse was born and raised in the village of Bóhain-en-Vermandois, where his parents had a thriving trading business. He graduated in law in Paris in 1887 and until that moment he had shown no special interest in art. Back in his hometown he worked as a lawyer intern, but bored by the routine of the office began to attend drawing classes and perspectives at the School of Decorative Arts. Read more
The gardens of the Monastery of Cimiez
The Cimiez Monastery which dates back to 1546 is an architectural complex built by Franciscan monks. It includes a church, a cloister, a cemetery where Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy painters are buried and Roger Martin du Gard, 1937 Nobel Prize winner for Literature. A vegetable garden which was tendered by the monks (square piece which still exists) and the convent buildings is now the Franciscan Museum, which traces the Franciscan life in Nice since the thirteenth century.