Studios of Picasso in Paris – Locations were Picasso lived and worked
130 Blvd De Clichy
Picasso, undecided, wavers for a while between Barcelona, Madrid and Paris. When his close friend Casagemas commits suicide in Paris in 1901, Picasso moves into his studio where the Blue Period will soon be born. He is twenty years old.
11 Blvd De Clichy
In 1909, a new studio Bld de Clichy makes life more pleasant than in the rudimentary installations of the Bateau-Lavoir. Fernande is delighted but this does not last. Picasso goes back to the Bateau-Lavoir in 1911 . . . without Fernande.
Is it Montmartre that makes Picasso decide to settle permanently in Paris? Aged 23, he moves into the famous Bateau-Lavoir where he finds a whole artistic community and a bohemian lifestyle. In this studio, freezing in winter and stifling in summer, Picasso will paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. He leaves to spend two years at the studio Bd de Clichy but soon returns there in 1911.
Rue de la Boetie
In 1918, having just married Olga, Picasso, aged 37, moves close to his dealer Rosenberg, rue de la Boétie, where he occupies two floors : a studio and a flat. He remains there until 1937. It is in the same street, but at number 44, that he will shelter his secret liaison with Marie-Thérèse in 1930.
Rue des Grand-Augustins
In 1936, Picasso meets Dora Maar. A year later, she will find him a new studio in Paris, rue des Grands-Augustins. This is where Picasso paints Guernica.
Leaving his two studios Bld de Clichy and in Montmartre, Picasso moves temporarily to Montparnasse with his new love, Eva. He is 31 years old.
A few months after moving to the Bld Raspail, Picasso moves to the nearby Rue Schoelcher. He spends less than three years there. Eva’s death in 1915 casts a permanent gloom over the place.
Fleeing from the memory of Eva carried off by a fatal disease in 1915, Picasso goes further South of Paris and eventually lays down his brushes in a suburban house in Montrouge. He will live there in 1917 and 1918, before moving to the rue de la Boétie.
It is almost Spain that Picasso finds in this small French town so close to his roots. Between 1912 and 1913, Céret is the secretive place where he works with Braque on the development of Cubism and the emergence of the papiers collés and where he can love Eva away from inquisitive eyes.
Located North of Paris, Boisgeloup is a relatively big house where in 1930 he can set up a studio for sculpture which he has actively taken up again. Boisgeloup also shelters his liaison with Marie-Thérèse.
Tremblay sur Mauldre
In 1936, after his separation from Olga, Picasso loses Boisgeloup. He then moves his studio for a few months, with Marie-Thérèse and Maya, to Le Tremblay sur Mauldre near Paris, in a house lent by Vollard.
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