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Montparnasse au XXème siècle par Esprit de France

One of the most famous Parisian districts in the world

Montparnasse is one of the most famous Parisian districts in the world. Its fame is due to the fact that it brings together several famous places that have made the history of modern art and the excitement of artistic life in Paris at the beginning of the 20th century. To name only the main ones, mention should be made of La Ruche where many sculptors used to work, of art schools such as the Academie de la Grande Chaumière (which still exists at 14, rue de la Grande Chaumière), the Académie Colarossi in the same street and many others like the Atelier des Beaux-Arts de Paris which are still active. Beside, we should also mention the ballrooms such as the famous Bal Bullier, which was located at the Port-Royal métro station (today an RER station), where Sonia Delaunay used to go and portrayed in several of her paintings, the Bal de La Boule Blanche (which was rue Vavin), the Jockey Club (the first nightclub in the neighborhood that settled in 1923 at the corner of the Rue Campagne Première and Montparnasse Boulevard and where Kiki de Montparnasse, famous muse of the artists of the twenties, was one of the stars); and let us not forget the big brasseries or cafes where artists and personalities used to meet: La Closerie des Lilas (where Apollinaire and Alfred Jarry met and was later on patronized by James Joyce, Dos Passos and F. Scott Fitzerald ), Le Dôme (frequented by Hemingway, Henry Miller, Beckett Samuel, Man Ray, André Breton ...) or La Rotonde, and then later La Coupole (preferred by Picasso, Foujita, Giacometti, Zadkine...), all four located on Boulevard Montparnasse.

Montparnasse au XXème siècle par Esprit de France

This district, which was somewhat at the margins of Paris at the end of the 19th century, between a large railway station and a cemetery, was urbanized thanks to the recycling of materials from the pavilions of the 1889 Universal Exhibition. Bright and cheap studios were then built and many artists who could no longer find a place in Montmartre, came to settle there, all the more easily as the two artistic poles could readily communicate thanks to the new North-South metro line (today Line 12 considered as historical).

Staying at the Hôtel Aiglon des Hôtels et Demeures Esprit de France, the façade of which evokes the art deco style of the time when Bunuel and Giacometti stayed there, you will be at the heart of this neighborhood of artists' studios and you will be able to take a stroll through the nearby streets to discover plaques, on the façades, recalling the stay of many key figures of the world of art and letters. Our next blog will delve more deeply into an itinerary guiding you round this close environment of the hotel to be discovered in a more intimate way.