Unexpected in the middle of Paris and not far from Luxembourg Gardens Zadkine described his “hidden treasure” with the following words:
« Viens voir ma folie d’Assas, et tu comprendras combien la vie d’un homme peut être changée à cause d’un pigeonnier, à cause d’un arbre»
“Come to see my Assas’ crazy thing (on Assas Street) and you will understand how much a man’s life can change because of a pigeonnier, because of a tree.”
Ossip Zadkine, Russian sculptor, was one of most representative artists of the École de Paris, made up of foreign artists that chose Paris to live and work. Strongly influenced by primitivism, later he went through a Cubist period, taking his inspiration from Greek and Roman classical art.
Zadkine ‘s Studio
Zadkine arrived to Montparnasse in 1909. After some time here and there he moved with his wife, also a painter, to this studio located at Assas Street. They lived and worked in this house until their last days.
After Zadkine’s death the house was turned into a museum exposing the most representative works of the artist. The most interesting part of the little house is maybe his studio, with pictures showing how Zadkine worked there. And there is of course the little garden, between the street entrance and the studio. A little piece of heaven in the middle of Paris.
VIth Arrondissement. 100bis Rue d’Assas, M. Vavin L4 -Port-Royal RER B. Tickets: free entrance
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