Seeing Renoir’s home in a new light

Les Collettes, the painter’s picturesque residence in the south of France, is now a beautiful and well-preserved tourist attraction, writes Michael Harnett

3rd September, 2017
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Cagnes-sur-Mer: the Montmartre of the south of France Pic: GETTY

Two years ago, a little-known treasure in the south of France, the former home of one of the world’s greatest painters, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, was reopened after an extensive programme of restoration costing more than €3 million.

During its closure, the house and gardens were totally restored. The curative process set out to faithfully preserve the place just as it had been when the painter lived there.

Renoir first moved to Les Collettes in...

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