Le Bateau-Lavoir – Picasso's Old Studio, Paris

Le Bateau-Lavoir – Picasso's Old Studio, Paris

Le Bateau-Lavoir is the place in Montmartre which was once densely inhabited by artists and people of literature. Originally a piano factory, the building was later made into several art studios which played an incredible role in early 20th-century art history.

French painter, Max Jacob, in the early years of the 20th century called it Le Bateau (the boat) for its resemblance to a laundry boat. Later, the small square in front of the building was named Place Émile Goudeau after the eponymous French singer. Painter, Maxime Maufra, was the first tenant at Le Bateau in 1890. From 1904, it was predominantly occupied by emerging artists and writers, as well as actors, art dealers and even inquisitive strangers, most of whom were extremely poor and unappreciated. After Maufra, Kees van Dongen and, later, Pablo Picasso lived here. Picasso quartered from 1904 to 1912, and produced here his world-famous “The Third Rose” and “Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.” Othon Friesz painted “The Reclining Nude” whilst staying at Le Bateau in 1905.

It was at this informal art club that Picasso voiced for the first time the concept of cubism. Daily discussions took place in the studios of Picasso and Juan Gris, and spilled out into the neighboring cafes. Slowly, the old style of painting was abandoned and a new aesthetic doctrine started to emerge. The First World War that broke out in 1914 forced many artists to leave Montmartre for a more comfortable, calmer residence. With the emergence of the artistic scene in Montparnasse after WWI and notably La Ruche, the Bateau-Lavoir lost its beauty. In 1970, the wooden structure did not resist a fire and only the façade, classified as a historical monument, survived this accident. Fortunately, eight years later, the edifice was rebuilt. Today, the birthplace of Cubism is no longer open to the public, but its front window, filled with old photographs, vividly depicts the eventful history of the place. If you have a flair for art, you absolutely must not miss it!
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Sight Name: Le Bateau-Lavoir – Picasso's Old Studio
Sight Location: Paris, France
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