Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N = Nouvelle Athènes, Paris - A to Z Blog Challenge

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Café de la Nouvelle Athènes, Paris, Place Pigalle, before



N = Nouvelle Athènes

Café de la Nouvelle Athènes
 

A café in the Place Pigalle in Paris, Nouvelle Athènes, became the meeting place of many of the artists during the late 1800s. Matisse, Van Gogh and Degas frequented the café. Degas painted L'Absinthe, the image below, in the Nouvelle AthènesDelacroix and critic Guillaume Apollinaire lived in this district along with other musicians and writers.


Two figures dine at the 'Nouvelle Athènes' in this painting, L'Absinthe, by Degas, 1876.
These are models, not clientele. A 'slice' of a Paris café life.


L'Absinthe, Degas, 1876, PD*-WC

In the 1980s and '90s, the Nouvelle Athènes became a rock venue. The café was destroyed in 2004, after a long, if not always healthy, life. Think of the history that passed through those doors gone forever but captured in paintings like L'Absinthe.

 
Belle Époque

Prominent artists in Paris during the Belle Époque included post-Impressionists Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and a young Pablo Picasso. Some of these artists worked in both styles - Impressionism and post-Impressionism.

For more information on the Belle Époque, see References.

Maxim's (shown below) was founded as a bistro in 1893 and later became a Paris hotspot. One of its chefs included the young Wolfgang Puck. Maxim's, embellished with Art Nouveau designs, was a well-known gathering spot during the Belle Époque, the restaurant where everyone in Paris went to be seen.

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Belle Epoque's Maxim's, Paris, 2010 by DG Hudson


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Have you heard of Nouvelle Athènes? Belle Epoque? Do you like the painting above by Degas? Do you know the effects of Absinthe?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for stopping by! I'll respond.

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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:

Nouvelle Athenes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caf%C3%A9_de_la_Nouvelle_Ath%C3%A8nes 

La Belle Époque - Beautiful Era - DG's post
http://dghudson.blogspot.ca/2013/02/la-belle-epoque-beautiful-era.html
 

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Images: PD-WC

L'Absinthe, by Degas, 1876
 
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Café de la Nouvelle Athènes, Place Pigalle, Paris, before
 
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20 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of either of these "hot spots." I feel so uncultured right now.

    I will guess at Absinthe. It sounds a bit like absent, so maybe it is something mind-altering?????

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    1. wiki - Absinthe-a distilled, highly alcoholic (90-148 proof) beverage, It rose to great popularity as an alcoholic drink in late 19th- and early 20th-century France, particularly among Parisian artists and writers. (I do believe mind altering is one of its properties.)

      No need to worry, these 'hot spots' go in and out of fashion. I seek them out if they have a bit of history that's interesting.

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  2. Hi, D.G.

    Of course I've heard of the Belle Epoc and The Cafe de la Nouvelle Athenes. Paris is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE cities!

    Yes, I heard absinthe was pretty nasty... less expensive with far more PUNCH!

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    1. Paris is my favorite city, too, Michael. It's the people, the food, and the ambiance.

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  3. Shame the first one was destroyed by a fire.
    The lady in the painting looks bored...

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  4. I have heard of the Nouvelle Athènes. It evokes romance and art and free spirits. I have been toying with setting a short story there when time allows. :-)

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    1. It sounds like a great setting. I'd be interested in how you cast the story.

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  5. I was in love with this place when I was a teenager and dreamed of going to Paris. But then I never did. Talk about being sidetracked!

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    1. When you get sidetracked, Inger, you don't play around. Hop an ocean and trek a continent to see the other ocean. That's adventure.

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  6. These pictures take my mind to a time when it seemed that life wasn't lived at the speed of light.

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    1. But you could get run over by a horse and carriage in those slow days, too.

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  7. Too bad that cafe was destroyed. Was it torn down or did it burn down?

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    1. Not sure how, JoJo. Will check into it. Depends on what was occurring when it was burned.

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  8. What a shame that the cafe is no longer there. I love the Degas. :) Absinthe...some kind of liquor, yeah?

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    1. Yes it was a drink with dangerous long term effects.

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  9. A friend and I went to Paris in 2012 - that image looks really familiar, but I am not sure if we saw it or not. If I'd known about this I would have made an effort to visit! :)

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    1. There is so much to see - it's hard to fit in everything in one visit.

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  10. I had not heard of that, but what a fascinating time to be alive in Paris.

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    1. I'd love to visit as an observer in time.

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