Another day this week we drove to Ceret on the edge of the Pyrennes. The primary purpose of this trip was to visit the Musee de Arte Moderne. Ceret is quite close to Collioure and was itself home to many artists in the early 20th century, some we knew and some new discoveries.
The permanent collection of the museum includes works by Andre Messon, Jean Marchand, Pierre Brune, Marolo, Arbit Biatas, Maurice Lautreuil, Leopold Sarvage, Chaim Soutine, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom lived here at some time. Picasso created a special collection of painted plates with a bullfight theme and donated them to the museum.
Another attraction in Ceret is Pont du Diablo, a 14th century single arch bridge. When built, it was the longest single arch bridge in the world. It’s still quite impressive. In more recent times two other bridges have been built over the river nearby, but they don’t match the beauty of the original. This Catalan country is beautiful. We wish we had time to venture into Spain as well, but time is short and choices had to be made.
Here are a few photos from our day in Ceret.
- Maillol and the Mediterranean (travelswithpicasso.wordpress.com)