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Zadkine’s crazy little thing

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VIth Arrondissement. 100bis Rue d’Assas, M. Vavin L4 -Port-Royal RER B. Tickets: free entrance

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18 Comments

  • Reply
    Norbert Micus
    09/16/2016 at 7:53 am

    I like those “background places”. I collected already some, this is new for me, thanks for posting.

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      WorldInParis
      09/23/2016 at 9:19 pm

      You are welcome, Norbert 🙂

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    Christine Maguire (@thetraveloguer)
    09/13/2016 at 4:39 pm

    What a great thing to do in Paris, I had never heard of Zadkine before. His work, and his house, look really cool

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:44 am

      It is and it can be visited for free 😉

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    Mary - A Mary Road
    09/12/2016 at 10:53 pm

    What an interesting history to share. Thanks for highlight uncommon must sees in Paris!

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:45 am

      cool that you liked it 🙂

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    Jem
    09/12/2016 at 7:16 pm

    Sounds like Paris was a haven for artists. What would this world be like without Paris?

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:48 am

      artists, writers . . . it must have been a very inspiring period Paris at that time!

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    Evan kristine
    09/12/2016 at 10:05 am

    Oh man, such a bummer I didn’t know about this when I visited Paris! I love visiting odd places like this 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:48 am

      so you have to come back 🙂

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    Diana
    09/12/2016 at 2:33 am

    How interesting! I’m really glad you included some descriptions of the sculptures because it helps me understand the sculptures a lot better 🙂

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:49 am

      thanks 🙂

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    Juliette @ Snorkels to Snow
    09/11/2016 at 11:22 pm

    With Paris as a backdrop it would be hard not to be inspired as an artist! I do love works inspired by Greek & Roman art though.

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:49 am

      yes, paris is a source of inspiration for many people!

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    Yenor
    09/11/2016 at 10:12 pm

    Interesting read and photos. Thanks for sharing

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:50 am

      you are welcome 🙂

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    Punita Malhotra
    09/11/2016 at 12:11 pm

    A little sculpture studio, hidden somewhere…few of us have the luxury to discover hidden gems like these on our first trips, but as we revisit places, it becomes so much easier, doesn’t it?

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      WorldInParis
      09/14/2016 at 11:50 am

      yes! so that means you have to come back to paris 🙂

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