Réattu Museum

This is an institution that takes itself very (too?) seriously and, perhaps, suffers a little from that.  Housed in the former Grand Priory of the Knights of Malta (The Knights Hospitaler) of the 16th century, when not being used for temporary exhibitions, the museum contains a thoroughly idiosyncratic collection of local and national eighteenth century French painting, much of which one can really live without seeing. However on the top floor is a collection of Picasso drawings donated (according to local legend) to the town by the great man (a frequent visitor to the town's bull fights) when he realised that in spite of the fact that Van Gogh painted more than one hundred and eighty great of his world-famous paintings during his eighteen months stay in the town, none has remained there. The drawings are wonderful but if you dislike bullfights and cannot separate art from the rest of life, then keep away.  The building itself is, however, completely glorious and completely worth a visit in its own right.

The Arles Arena
The Arles Arena
A Cabane on the marsh
A Cabane on the marsh
Camargue Bulls
Camargue Bulls
Arles Market
Arles Market
Tellines de Camargue
Tellines de Camargue