My Paris-Le Lapin Agile by ©Janis Zroback

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Lapin Agile is a famous Montmartre cabaret, at 22 Rue des Saules, Paris, France.
It was originally called “Cabaret des Assassins”. Tradition relates that the cabaret received this name because a band of assassins broke in and killed the owner’s son. The cabaret was more than twenty years 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”, “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

In the celebrated work, now an icon of life in bohemian Paris at the turn of the century, Picasso depicts himself dressed as a Harlequin, accompanied by Germaine Pichot. Frédé, the owner of the cabaret Le Lapin Agile, strums his guitar in the background. Picasso’s great friend Casagemas committed suicide in 1901 because his love for Pichot had not been returned. This picture was painted four years later.

Photo of the Lapin Agile in 1872

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I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • Avril Brand
    Avril Brandover 6 years ago

    Ah, there is something so special about the old photo’s… and I love the history, Janis!

  • Thank you Avril…I just decided to day to start adding some things to the Paris group, as I’ve been a member for ages and had not posted anything before this…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 6 years ago

    Oh such a cool photo Janis!

  • Taken with a 35mm Olympus OM 1….I was just looking at it and it feels so heavy now…I guess it’s on the way to being an antique.. :))
    I have so many lovely photos taken with it, but we don’t use it anymore, and have not used it in many years…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 6 years ago

    so rich with textures, charm and history. I love it

  • Thank you John…we just stood outside lapping up the atmosphere before going in…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Ronald Rockman
    Ronald Rockmanover 6 years ago

    Fish said it all, go fish !!

  • Thank you Rock…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 6 years ago

    The Lapin Agile is located in the center of the Montmartre district in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, behind and slightly northwest of Sacre Coeur Basilica. 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, all mixed with a sprinkling of well-heeled bourgeois out on a lark.
    Pablo Picasso’s 1905 oil painting “At the Lapin Agile” helped to make this cabaret world famous. The cabaret was often captured on canvas by another Montmartre artist, Maurice Utrillo.
    In 1993 American comedian and entertainer, Steve Martin, wrote a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, which had a successful run in Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. The play depicted an imagined meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein at the Lapin Agile.
    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…Wiki.

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 6 years ago

    oh my this is so beautiful !

  • Thank you Lucinda…the camera’s getting on now though…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 6 years ago

    Just make sure you keep it Janis! I had an old and I mean old 30-35 yr old Canon 35mm, which I just loved! But my husband lent it to my son a few years back, who under the impression we gave it to him, sold it! :-( But recently I acquired a Minolta 370-X that is about 20 yrs old and is in working condition. I just downloaded the manual and intend to try it out… The quality of the photos is always so good on these old cameras but the inconveniences like weight and selection of photos in the camera is annoying but I am up to the challenge….

  • I won’’s in mint condition and is about 38 years old..

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Romo
    Romoover 6 years ago

    lovely image:)

  • Thank you Romo…

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerover 6 years ago

    Great work, Janis! So very French!

  • Thank you so much….glad you liked it.

    – ©Janis Zroback

  • jayview
    jayviewover 6 years ago

    gorgeous colours and textures!

  • Thank you so much Jay…

    – ©Janis Zroback

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