THE BEAUTIFUL MUSÉE DE L’ANNONCIADE, facing the harbor in St. Tropez, opened in 1955—the year that director Roger Vadim shot “And God Created Woman,” the film that catapulted Brigitte Bardot and the picturesque French fishing village to stardom. But the museum’s origins, and St. Tropez’s first taste of fame, date to 1892, when Neo-Impressionist and passionate sailor Paul Signac navigated into the port and found “all I need to work my whole life long,” he reported in a letter. “It’s happiness that I have just discovered.”
Over the next decade Signac spent six months a year here. Friends and cohorts, from Matisse to Bonnard, flocked along: Nabis, Fauves, Pointillists—the core of initially scandalous avant-garde art at the turn of the 20th century. The museum began in 1922 as a small collection, with donations from many of these regulars. In 1937, it found a benefactor, industrialist Georges Grammont, who renovated the 16th-century Annonciade chapel on the port and donated from his own collection. Today, the little museum holds an extraordinary ensemble.
St. Tropez’s Little Museum That Could – WSJ