What better occasion than the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Nègre in 2020 for the city of Grasse to celebrate the avant-garde artist. A classical and academic painter who graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris in the 1840s, Charles Nègre became interested in and experimented with photography shortly after its appearance and established himself as a true pioneer of the discipline. He invented his own heliographic engraving process and overturned his conception and the foundations of his pictorial art. The exhibition dedicated to him and taking place at the Museum of Art and History of Provence is an opportunity for the public to see more than 70 photographs representing the Grasse region, the French Riviera and his native Provence. In addition, there are portraits of his family and self-portraits, some forty heliogravures illustrating French historical monuments and international archaeological sites, as well as pictorial works and historical paintings still related to Provence. More information on the website of the museums of Grasse