Picasso's first workshop for sale in Paris

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Picasso's first workshop for sale in Paris

Picasso's first workshop, located in Montmatre, has been converted into an apartment and is now on the market for €1,500,000.

The property, which is currently owned by a photographer, is in the heart of the city's bohemian area and benefits from views of Sacre Coeur. It has been divided into two lots and features two studios with a loft apartment above, including a mezzanine bedroom and a workshop. A small plaque on the outside wall confirms that it was Picasso's premier atelier (first workshop).

After settling there in 1900, aged 19 years old, Picasso produced several paintings in the workshop, including the famous Le Moulin de la Galette. It was also the scene of the artist's 'blue period' after the suicide of his friend Casegamas who also lived in the property. The apartment's location close to the dance halls and brothels also influenced Picasso's art, despite the distractions they offered. It is believed that he was resident in the property for a number of years.

Describing the property as “a great investment”, the listing on TheMoveChannel.com reads: “Playing a fundamental part in forming the artist's abstract style, this unique Paris apartment is a rare combination of contemporary home and art history”


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