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Museum of Montparnasse: photos, description (Musee du Montparnasse)

Museum of Montparnasse tells about one aspect of life quarter of its artists. The location of the Museum is very interesting, with a rich history.

Here, in a small alley on the Avenue of the Maine, in 1912, opened his workshop, the artist Maria Vasilyeva, a native of Smolensk. Before that, she had organised in Paris the Russian Academy of arts, said the money it gave her Russian Empress Alexandra. In the Studio Vasilyeva as the club came who lived in Montparnasse painters - Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani, Zadkine, Gris, Soutine. Talking, arguing, drawing, Fernand léger lectured on modern painting.

Maria Vasilyeva wrote paintings in cubism style, decorated furniture, doll masters. But many people remember her mostly for the dining room. When the First world, the artists have fallen into poverty and barely survived. They were saved by Vasilyeva who opened his workshop in a soup kitchen. A simple dinner there cost 65 cents, with wine - 75. The existing curfew did not extend to the dining room registered as a private club, and artists flocked here both day and night. Have fun, and sometimes fought. There was a case when a party does not called Modigliani - among the guests were his ex-girlfriend with a new companion. Everyone knew that Modigliani used to drinking and rages. However, Modigliani came already drunk, began to buzz, grabbed the gun, and Vasilyeva (and it was very small in stature) pushed the great artist of the stairs, while Picasso and de Zarate locked the door.

At the end of the XX century, the municipality of the district XIV bought the cul-de-SAC for development, but the public didn't give anything to change. In 1998 in the former Atelier of Maria Vasilyeva was opened the Museum of Montparnasse. The permanent exhibition "Maria Vasilyeva in the walls" shows the work of the artist; photographs, paintings, drawings of that time tell about the creative history of Montparnasse. The Museum organizes exhibitions of artists past and present.

In the alley, everything remained as before. At the house â„–21 along the Avenue of man a visitor enters the narrow cobbled passage and the like is on the village street a century ago. There amazing: overgrown grape, lilac, honeysuckle, Euonymus. You can breathe the air of Montparnasse freemen and see on the stage, which pushed Modigliani.