Le Bateau-Lavoir, Paris

Le Bateau-Lavoir, Paris

Le Bateau-Lavoir is the place in Montmartre, the area in northern Paris, on the hill above the River Seine, which was once densely inhabited by artists and people of literature. Originally a piano factory, the building was later made into several art studios. 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, broke out in 1914, forced many artists to leave Montmartre for a more comfortable, calmer residence. In 1970, the original Le Bateau-Lavoir building was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt several years later. 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 must absolutely not miss it!
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Sight Name: Le Bateau-Lavoir
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Montmartre Walking Tour  

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The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour

The French Revolution had a huge impact on France's history as it gave rise to a radical democratic republic and resulted in violence during the Reign of Terror. A lot of Paris' buildings were damaged beyond repair in the course of the Revolution. The sites they occupied are of a great historical value now. This guide is to highlight the landmarks of the French Revolution that remain.

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Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

Opera-Elysees Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Paris without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Paris, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I

Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour I

On this tour you will explore the 8th arrondissement of the French capital, one of its busiest and chic neighborhoods, thanks to the presence of Avenue des Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. If shine and glamour are up to your liking, we invite you to take this walk in a mixed crowd of fashionistas, tourists and local workers, and see some of Paris's most prominent attractions, such as as Le Grand Palais, Palais de L'Élysée, and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

Luxembourg (6th Arr) Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre Walking Tour

Montmartre is one of the most famous and visited neighborhoods in Paris. It has some extremely beautiful plazas and marvelous architectural masterpieces. This tour comprises a few of the most popular places to be visited in Montmartre.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
City Center Nightlife

City Center Nightlife

A haven for the arts in Europe, with its influence felt worldwide, Paris boasts a steady stream of visitors to its fine city. After dark, guests to the City of Light can enjoy a multitude of great nightlife establishments that is sure to appeal to anyone looking for a hot night on the town. Whether its live DJs spinning intense electronic beats or a live acoustic jazz band you’re looking for Paris has it all. Take this City Center Nightlife Tour and explore the heart of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements at night.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km

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