The Riviera: A History in Pictures is an Arts programme.

The Riviera: A History in Pictures is a 3 star programme

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The Riviera: A History in Pictures

Two-part series in which Richard E Grant follows in the footsteps of artists who have lived, loved and painted on France's Cote d'Azur. He explores how modern art and the Riviera grew up together when the Cote D'Azur became the hedonistic playground and experimental studio for the great masters of 20th-century painting. With Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso resident on the coast, other artists from Jean Cocteau to Henri Lartigue, Raoul Dufy to Fernand Leger and Francis Picabia to Sergei Diaghilev were drawn to the area. As transatlantic liners brought America's super-rich to the region, art and celebrity became integrally intertwined as cultural gurus and multimillionaires all partied on the beach. In an era of sunshine and bathing, of cinema and fast cars, of the Ballet Russes and Monte Carlo casinos, Grant discovers the extraordinary output of what became briefly the world's creative hub. episode 2.

Genre: Arts

Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)

3/5 Stars

When is The Riviera: A History in Pictures next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC 4 Tomorrow, 9:00pm. See more...