The Baim Collection


A Travelog exploring the coastline of the French Riviera and the villages in the mountains that lie directly behind it.  It explores the coastal towns of Cannes, Nice, Antibes and Monte Carlo, and the mountain villages of Grasse, Valbonne, Valberg and St Paul, looking at the physical features of the area and attractions for holiday makers. 

Featured are the Cannes Centenary Celebration yacht race, traditional dancing, exotic gardens, traditional crafts, and the work and influence of several artists. 

We briefly visit Marc Chagall and Jean Cocteau in their homes; see tennis stars Alex Olmedo, Ashley Cooper and Pancho Segura practising; and Lena Horne playing petanque.

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Marc Chagall

Marc Chagall – (24 June 1887 – 28 March 1985) was a Jewish artist. An early modernist, he was associated with the École de Paris as well as several major artistic styles and created works in a wide range of artistic formats, including painting, drawings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints. Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century".

After WW2, he returned to Europe from the United States in 1948. He travelled throughout Europe but chose to live in the Côte d'Azur which by that time had become somewhat of an "artistic centre".

Matisse lived near Saint-Paul-de-Vence, about seven miles west of Nice, while Picasso lived in Vallauris. Although they lived nearby and sometimes worked together, there was artistic rivalry between them as their work was so distinctly different, and they never became long-term friends. According to Picasso's mistress, Françoise Gilot, Picasso had a great deal of respect for Chagall. 

Digital transfer and restoration undertaken by Silver Salt Restoration.