Livia and I visited the Musée Picasso in Antibes to see the Nicolas Staël exhibit. Nicolas Staël was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1914, but lived in France beginning in 1938 where he studied with Ferdinand Léger. He moved to the south of France in 1952, and spent his last years in Antibes, where his life was taken by his own hand in 1955 at the very young age of 41. He is known for his abstract paintings which were often created using a palette knife resulting in dense, encrusted blocks of color. I enjoyed seeing familiar Antibes scenery such as his paintings of Fort Carré, and I especially enjoyed Le Concert (1955) with its bright red background, which took up one whole gigantic wall in the Musée Picasso.
After our museum visit, Livia and I met Dave at Plage Royal, a beach restaurant right across from our apartment, where we were able to escape the blazing heat to enjoy a leisurely luncheon under one of the large, shady beach umbrellas.