TDN Weekend

March 2017

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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R enoir painted his last fleshy nude right here in Cagnes-sur-Mer – Matisse, who was staying around the coast, had brought him the girl to pose. Pi- casso lived out his horny old age on a nearby hill. F Scott Fitzgerald and his Jazz Age whirl moved into a hotel in the next village along; he based 'Tender Is The Night' on his summers with Zelda and Hemingway. Bonnard and his wife (that lan- guid, dark creature who was always in the bath) spent their final years in this part of the world, and you don't have to venture far to see the looming purple outcrops gilded at dawn and again at dusk that so inspired Cezanne. A cravatted David Niven waving from the wheel of a teak-decked speed- boat. Prince Aly Khan, a glint in his eye and Rita Hayworth on his arm. That calamitous last drive of Grace Kelly on the craggy road they'd named Rolls-Royces after. Glamour, excess, romance, beauty: the Côte d'Azur pretty much defined the 20th Century's versions of them all. Then, in 1960, after the last of the beau monde had finally packed At Cagnes-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean coast, an afternoon at the races is a century in the making... By JOCELYN TARGETT 63

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