District: Montparnasse, Paris. Rent your Apartment with Apartrental
Montparnasse is an area of Paris, on the left bank of the river Seine in the XIVe arrondissement. The name Montparnasse stems from the nickname "Mount Parnassus" (In Greek mythology, home to the nine Greek goddesses - the Muses - of the arts and sciences) given to the hilly neighborhood in the 17th century by students who came there to recite poetry.
The district Montparnasse and its 50 floors tower is one of the most famous neighborhoods of Paris for his leadership and his true Parisian way of life. Theaters, music halls, cinemas, bars restaurants are evenings of the Montparnasse district one of the most pleasant and living in Paris. For stores, it must descend walking the streets of Rennes, which leads to Saint-Germain. This is a very well situated in central Paris and it is almost everything and well served by his bus, the subway and train, district near Saint-Germain and Saint Michel, near the Eiffel Tower and Porte de Versailles, where occur most important trade fairs in Paris, as the Car Show, Agriculture etc. .. Making it one neighborhood at a time agreeable to live and almost all appointments artistic and cultural Paris.
From Gare Montparnasse at the famous Chateau de Versailles it takes only 10 minutes by train.
Montparnasse became famous at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was the heart of intellectual and artistic life in Paris. From 1910 through the start of World War II, Paris' artistic circles migrated to Montparnasse, an alternative to the Montmartre district which had been the intellectual breeding ground for the previous generation of artists. Virtually penniless painters, sculptors, writers, poets and composers came from around the world to thrive in the creative atmosphere and for the cheap rent at artist communes such as La Ruche. Living without running water, in damp, unheated "studios", seldom free of rats, many sold their works for a few francs just to buy food. Jean Cocteau once said that poverty was a luxury in Montparnasse. First promoted by art dealers such as Henry Kahnweiler, today works by those artists sell in the millions of dollars. A few of the artists who gathered in Montparnasse were Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire, Ossip Zadkine, Moise Kisling, Marc Chagall, Nina Hamnett, Fernand Leger, Jacques Lipchitz, Max Jacob, Blaise Cendrars, Chaim Soutine, Michel Kikoine, Pinchus Kremegne, Amedeo Modigliani, Ford Madox Ford, Toño Salazar, Ezra Pound, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti, Constantin Brancusi, Paul Fort, Juan Gris, Diego Rivera, Marevna, Tsuguharu Foujita, Marie Vassilieff, Léon-Paul Fargue, Alberto Giacometti, Andre Breton, Pascin, Salvador Dalí, Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, Joan Miró and, in his declining years, Edgar Degas.
The cafés and bars of Montparnasse were a meeting place where ideas were hatched and mulled over. The cafés at the centre of Montparnasse's night-life were in the Carrefour Vavin, now renamed Place Pablo-Picasso. In Montparnasse's heyday (from 1910 to 1920), the cafés Le Dôme, La Closerie des Lilas, La Rotonde, Le Select, and La Coupole were the places where starving artists could occupy a table all evening for a few centimes. Many of them are still in business.
Some useful addresses:
BOBIN'O 14-20, rue de la Gaite - 75014 Paris
Tropical Brasil: 36, rue du Départ - 75015 Paris
The Modern Art Theater, Theater Silvia Monfort
Theater of Gaieté, rue de la Gaite
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