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The old village of Haut-de-Cagnes as seen from the château
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Louis Nègre (UMP)|
|Area1||17.95 km2 (6.93 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||06027 / 06800|
|Elevation||0–187 m (0–614 ft)|
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
It was the retreat and final address of the painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who moved there in 1907 in an attempt to improve his arthritis, and remained until his death in 1919. In the late 1920s, Cagnes-sur-Mer became a residence for many American renowned literary and art figures, such as Kay Boyle, George Antheil and Harry and Caresse Crosby. Author Georges Simenon (1903–1989), creator of the fictional detective Commissaire Jules Maigret, lived at 98, montée de la Bourgade in the 1950s with his third wife and their three children; his initial “S” may still be seen in the wrought iron on the stairs.
Places of interest include Renoir's estate, Les Collettes, surrounded by olive trees ; the Medieval castle at le Haut-de-Cagnes and the Cros quarter, founded by Italian fishermen in the nineteenth century.
It is also known for its horse racing venue, the Hippodrome de la Côte d'Azur, and a four-kilometre pebble beach.
The Gare de Cagnes-sur-Mer railway station offers local services in the directions of Nice and Cannes.
The commune is twinned with:
Landscape near Cagnes, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Antheil, George (1952); Bad Boy of Music
- "A(braham) Lincoln Gillespie, Jr. Biography | Dictionary of Literary Biography". Bookrags.com. 2010-11-02. Retrieved 2013-03-26.
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