Saturday, April 19, 2014

Q = Quick Street Guide and Lapin Agile - A to Z

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

Today's post features an ART Legend, and references a book that can help you find these historical places. This café has a history of supporting artists.



Lapin Agile, Artists' Café

One of the Montmartre cafés frequented by artists. The name shows on the white wall, and includes the pink building. Artists could trade their work for a meal at Lapin Agile, the Montmartre cabaret located at #22 on the steep and cobbled Rue des Saules, Paris. Pablo Picasso's 1905 oil painting, 'At the Lapin Agile', helped to make this cabaret world famous.



Lapin Agile, Artist's Cabaret, Montmartre, Paris, by DG Hudson


Another Montmartre artist, Maurice Utrillo, also painted this cabaret. Steve Martin wrote a play in 1993, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, about an imaginary meeting between Picasso and Einstein. This café may offer authentic French songs, if our sources are correct.


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Finding places like this cafe is easier, with the book chosen for the letter, Q.

Q = Quick* Street by Street Guide to Painters in Paris

Or Guide des peintres a Paris, 2010



F. Gaussen,, Painters in Paris, front cover


This Street Guide to painters' homes or studios covers the time between the early 1700s to the late 1900s. Yes, that's the young Picasso on the cover. To narrow your search, the book includes several itineraries: Impressionist, Picasso, Romantic, and Surrealist. The former Van Gogh residence, where Vincent and Theo lived is on the way uphill to Sacre Coeur. This book also includes many period photographs of the artists at work or in their natural settings, including the original Bateau Lavoire.

There is a statement in the opening pages which clarifies that no living artist's addresses are listed. The author of this book, Frederic Gaussen, formerly a journalist for the newspaper, Le Monde, is the author of several books on Parisian artists and their studios.

Published by Editions du Patrimoine
Centre des Monuments Nationaux
ISBN: 978-2-7577-0083-9 (29 Euros, purchased at the Arc de Triomphe)

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Would you walk about Paris to see the studios or works of famous artists? Do you visit the homes or studios of our literary ancestors at home or in other countries?

Please let me know you were here in the comments and thanks for dropping by! I'll respond.

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Disclaimer: I may have stretched the interpretation of the book title name to include the letter Q, and thereby fit the alpha requirements of the challenge. Creative license used.

Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapin_Agile Wiki Lapin Agile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Le_Lapin_Agile_par_Rapha%C3%ABl_Toussaint.jpg Another artist's depiction of the Lapin Agile

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Picasso_at_the_Lapin_Agile - Steve Martin's play

16 comments:

  1. We were only in Montmarte very briefly, and only during a bus ride. Someday I shall have to go back and explore the area more thoroughly!

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    1. We arranged a walking tour in a group of 12 or so. Our guide turned out to be from St. Louis, an American who met a French girl and decided to stay in Paris. Montmartre still has that Old Paris flavor in spots.

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  2. Going on that sort of tourist walk adds flavor to any visit. You can see (sort of, taking into account the changes time has made) what the artist saw. If you are an artist, perhaps inspiration will hit you!

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    1. Inspiration did hit me, I want to go back and explore some more. We walked all around this area, and I kept picturing the artists about, etc. I listened for music from the Moulin de la Galette, but alas.

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  3. That book would be a must-have for a traveler to Paris. You could spend a whole day or two visiting locations.

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    1. That's right, Alex. We bought a book on the Louvre at the Louvre gift shop, too. We like to do our own tour sometimes. . .as we did at Pere Lachaise.

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  4. I doubt I will ever return to Paris, but I do enjoy visiting artist and literary museums/homes/studios here. I liked the Wyeth exhibits in Brandywine, PA. And I live very close to the Edward Gorey House which is fun to visit and look for the Gashlycrumb Tinies hidden throughout the house.

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    1. There are museums and history everywhere, but we have to go see it to appreciate it. Good for you JoJo, for checking out the history in your area and sharing it with us on your blog.

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  5. I've seen the Lapin Agile,but never been inside. The book looks fascinating, I'd love to visit all the places where the artists lived or worked.

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    1. It wasn't open when I was there either, Paula, on a Monday. Some cafes are closed then. I wanted to see if the paintings are still on the walls.

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  6. I would walk around Paris looking for artists' homes, just like I would walk around London or Oxford (or Stratford Upon Avon) looking for the places where famous writers once lived. :)

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    1. You would love it, LG, I did. I want to see London, too.

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  7. I would definitely walk around looking at their roots~ Thanks for allowing me to dream-how wonderful to actually do this!

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    1. Discovery of neat little streets and buildings is half the fun. Then you rest at a little café serving Breton crepes. I could get used to that. One day. . . you never know.

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  8. It is the art about Paris which I thoroughly love. The people I'd give a miss in a heartbeat on any given day. I spent a day in Rodin's garden and what an unforgettable experience that was.

    I love your blog and am now following. :)

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    1. I didn't get to see Rodin's Museum or garden. And I love his sculpture. Hope you write about that one day. Glad you like the look of the blog! I visited yours AND read that interesting poem. Thanks for visiting.

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