Art lover and collector, Patrick J Murphy brings his extensive knowledge and passion for art to this fully illustrated book on the riches of the French Riviera. Patrick J Murphy is a passionate art collector and has amassed a lifetime’s expertise, not only through collecting and curating, but also through appointments such as that of Chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, and as Art Adviser to the President of Ireland. His artistic gaze, however, turned to the glittering French Riviera when he and his wife, Antoinette, bought an apartment in Nice. So began Murphy’s intoxication with the wealth of art the region has to offer, which has propitiously resulted in this practical and enjoyable volume.
An Art Lover’s Guide to the French Riviera is unique in its approach to sagely informing its readers on where best to visit. It more accurately resembles Michael Portillo’s beloved Bradshaw’s Guides than the Lonely Planet series, in that it is a personal engagement with the intrepid visitor rather than a formal guide with a purely factual focus.