mercredi 15 janvier 2014

Au Lapin Agile : french cabaret

1880 - Nowadays
Lapin Agile is a famous Montmartre cabaret, at 22 Rue des Saules, 18th arrondissement of Paris, France.
It was originally called "Cabaret des Assassins". The cabaret was more than twenty yea
rs old when, in 1875, the artist Andre Gill painted the sign that was to suggest its permanent name. It was a picture of a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan, and residents began calling their neighborhood night-club "Le Lapin à Gill", meaning "Gill's rabbit"
Over time the name evolved into "Cabaret Au Lapin Agile", or, the Nimble Rabbit Cabaret.  
At the turn of the twentieth century, the Lapin Agile was a favorite spot for struggling artists and writers, including Picasso, Modigliani, Apollinaire, and Utrillo.
Pablo Picasso's 1905 oil painting "At the Lapin Agile"

The Lapin Agile is located in the center of the Montmartre district. Since this was the heart of artistic Paris at the turn of the twentieth century, there was much discussion at the cabaret about "the meaning of art".
Au Lapin Agile also was popular with questionable Montmartre characters including pimps, eccentrics, simple down-and-outers, a contingent of local anarchists, as well as with students from the Latin Quarter.
Pablo Picasso's 1905 oil painting "At the Lapin Agile" helped to make this cabaret world famous.
Today, many people visit the Lapin Agile, sitting at wooden tables where initials have been carved into the surfaces for decades. Located in a stone building on the steep and cobbled Rue des Saules, the cabaret presents visitors with French songs dating back as far as the fifteenth century.

Address: 22 Rue des Saules, 18th arrondissement of Paris
Open from tuesday to sunday from 9pm to 2am.
http://www.au-lapin-agile.com/anglais/home.htm

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