London 14th April 2014 – This Thursday 17th April, the long-awaited, much anticipated exhibition, focusing on Henri Matisse and his “Cut-Outs” will open at Tate Modern in London. Passengers looking to walk in the footsteps of the “giant of modern art” may travel to Nice – where he created the “Cut-Outs” as he neared the end of his life – with Voyages-sncf.com with prices starting from just GBP119 return.
Once in Nice, pilgrims to this artistic great may visit The Matisse Museum which is situated on the hill of Cimiez, not far from the places Matisse himself used to visit – the former Franciscan monastery with its Italianate gardens (in whose cemetery both Matisse and Raoul Dufy are buried), the Hotel Regina where Matisse resided and the relatively modest (by Roman standards) ruins of a Gallo-Roman amphitheatre. Since the 5th January 1963, the museum has been welcoming visitors to its collection of works left by the artist (and his heirs) to the city of Nice where he lived from 1918 until 1954. Matisse spent his winters in Nice from 1916 onwards, then rented an apartment on place Charles-Felix. He died in Cimiez in November 1954 at the age of 85. It’s even possible to visit the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence which is sometimes known as the Matisse Chapel. It houses a number of Matisse originals and was regarded by the artist himself as his “masterpiece”. There is even the added bonus of another artistic great to view – the nearby Musée National Marc Chagall.
The Tate Modern’s landmark show explores the final chapter in Matisse’s career where, due mainly to debilitating illness and frailty, he began ‘carving into colour’ by tearing coloured pieces of paper and the series of spectacular cut-outs was born. This exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see so many of the artist’s works in one place and to discover Matisse’s final artistic triumph as many consider the cut-outs his finest work. The exhibition opens Thursday 17th April 2014, running until 7th September 2014 with adult tickets starting at GBP18 with donation.
Rail travel reservations and information – To book or for more information, visit www.voyages-sncf.com, call 0844 848 5848 or call into the Voyages-sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EU.
Summer Bookings Window – The Great Summer Rail Bookings Window opened on 3rd April and is valid for journeys through 24th August 2014. Holidaymakers heading for France this summer will be able to book their train tickets some seven weeks earlier than usual, thanks to an extension to the normal 90 day booking horizon. Booking early will ensure travellers benefit from the lowest available fares. On 6th May 2014, tickets will become available for travel from 25th – 31st August 2014, opening up the remainder of the peak summer holiday travel period.
Example Fares – With fares from Paris to Nice starting at £44 return and from Paris to Milan starting at £51 return for early bookers, the lowest cost fares are expected to sell out quickly. Anyone hoping to take advantage of this offer should book early in the day to avoid disappointment.
Eurostar services are available to book up to six months in advance, meaning that anyone wishing to travel over the summer will be able to book their Eurostar and French journey together. The booking extension applies to all French domestic services as well as international cross border services including those from France into Italy, Luxembourg and Switzerland.