Enter our competition to win a copy of Patrick Murphy’s guide to the art of the Côte d’Azur
The French Riviera is renowned and revered for a plethora of reasons – glamour, scenery, yachting and cuisine among them – and its contributions to the art world can be easily overlooked, especially when the lure of sun, sea and sand proves too strong for even the most die-hard gallery visitor. Passionate collector Patrick J. Murphy has written an engaging guide that shines the spotlight on the artistic treasures that can be found in this part of France. Promising to be comprehensive but not definitive, it gives the reader a realistic rundown of what they can explore, presenting highlights from the hundreds of options available to take the hard work out of choosing how to spend your precious leisure time. Murphy has amassed a lifetime’s expertise through collecting, curating and as Chairman of the Arts Council of his home country of Ireland, turning his gaze to the glittering Côte d’Azur 10 years ago when he and his wife bought an apartment in Nice. No artistic stone is left unturned as Murphy’s exploration includes city streets and hilltop villages as well as individual galleries and museums. The guide works its way along the coast from Draguignan to Menton, taking in the colour and flair of the Chagall museum and the architectural gem that is the Museum of Asian Arts as well as numerous ancient, art-filled churches in between. There is a useful directory of venue addresses and opening times plus some beautiful photography. We say bag a copy, book a weekend break – and this time, leave the beach behind.
We have 3 copies of An Art Lover’s Guide to give away. The competition closing date is 18 October 2016.