I had never visited Renoir's house before, so can only I imagine how atmospheric it must have been before the renovation, based on other reviews.
Nevertheless, it is a beautiful house and, for an amateur artist like myself, an absolute must for a visit to the Côte d'Azur. I spent a very happy couple of hours visiting and sketching in the house and garden. I really felt as though I was following in the footsteps of a hero. I loved the ancient olive trees and old farm building and it was wonderful to see Renoir's own paintings of the views and landscape as well as paintings of his artist friends.
Sadly, the artist's studio itself is completely sterile and looks more like a hospital than an artist's workshop; they really need to do something about that and I hope their visitor reviews encourage them to do so. There are no canvases, no tubes of paint, just a wheelchair and an empty palette, and yet we can see from the old photos exactly how it used to look. Such a shame.
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