Corte Madera Class: Kerrin Meis - SUMMER SPECIAL: a Free Lecture on the Art Treasures of the French Riviera

a complimentary lecture on
The Art Treasures of the French Riviera

Tuesday, July 18
1:00pm – 4:00pm PT)

No charge. Donations to Hospice by the Bay gratefully accepted.

Corte Madera in-person class

This class will be held in a large room with a door open to outside for good ventilation.
Book Passage will continue to follow all state and local health guidelines.


Art Historian Kerrin Meis wants to share with the community her enthusiasm for that sunny slice of intoxicating beauty that is, after all, not just beaches, yacht harbors, and celebrities. It is also unforgettable architecture, painting, and sculpture housed in medieval castles, luxurious villas, chapels, bar and restaurant walls, and some of the finest museums extant. 

We will visit:

  • Cassis, the prettiest village on the Riviera
  • Antibes, home to the huge Picasso Museum, with some of his most fascinating masterpieces
  • Cagnes sur Mer, where August Renoir spent the last twelve years of his life 
  • Nice, so fascinating to Henri Matisse, Raoul Dufy, Marc Chagall, to visit the Matisse and Chagall Museums and, yes, The Russian Orthodox Church. also the bar at the Hotel Negresco plastered with art work.
  • Vence, the village itself a work of art and St. Paul de Vence to experience The Chapel of the Rosary created by Matisse and the astonishing Rothschild Villa Ephrussi, with its art and period furniture-filled rooms and nine distinct gardens to explore
  • Lunch at the Hotel La Colombe d'Or, favorite haunt of Picasso, Braque, and friends with their outwork on the walls
  • The recently reopened Maeght Foundation designed by Catalan architect Josep Lluis Sert  for Aime and Marguerite Maeght in 1964 displays paintings by everyone from Pierre Bonnard and Fernand Leger, and Wassily Kandinsky  to Joan Mitchell and sculpture gardens such as that of Georges Braque, the Joan Miro Labyrinth, as well as the Alberto Giacometti Garden. With over 12,000 pieces it is considered the number one private collection of 20th and 21st century art in Europe. And as it is in France, it has a lovely restaurant. 

Join us for this complimentary class to see why Kerrin’s monthly Book Passage classes are so popular and experience the magic that she brings to our community.



Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.



Book Passage Corte Madera
51 Tamal Vista blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925