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Saturday, April 2, 2011

More on Beauford's Last Studio - Rue Vercingétorix

You may recall that I published a posting about Beauford's last studio, which was located at 53, rue Vercingétorix in Paris' 14th arrondissement, last year. (Click here to see photos of the neighborhood in its current state as well as photos of the interior of the studio and Beauford and Henry Miller in the courtyard outside.)

I have finally found a photo of the façade of the building that was located at this address!

53, rue Vercingétorix
Photo by Nicholas Breach
The Streets of Paris by Richard Cobb (1980) Pantheon Books


According to Beauford's dear friend Burt Reinfrank, Beauford's studio overlooked a schoolyard. The photo below may represent that same schoolyard.

Abandoned School, rue Vercingétorix
Photo by Nicholas Breach
The Streets of Paris by Richard Cobb (1980) Pantheon Books


Rue Vercingétorix was part of what used to be known as the quartier de Gergovie, which was originally settled by immigrants from Brittany. The photos shown above were taken during the 1970s, at a time when the neighborhood was in steep decline. This was the state of affairs during Beauford's last years there.

4 comments:

Pedro Guilherme-Moreira said...

I am wirting this coment with the hope that you contact me, since, like you, I am searching for more material concerning this adress for longtime. I am the great-grandson of a relativly know portugueses sculptor, Alves de Sousa, and he too had the adress in Paris, between 1909 and 1921, in 52 Rue Vercingetorix, whcih I think is the same bulding as the 53. The building of that school that his studio overlooked is still there. Anyway, I hope that you write me to the mail associated to my google profile and to this comment, so we can discuss further ways of getting more details about this adress. I am also a novelist and a researcher, and I am very much interested in this. nevertheless, thanks for your post. It's precious.

Unknown said...

Pedro, não sei se conhece um grande escultor brasileiro chamado Victor Brecheret. Ele morou durante 15 anos em Paris (1921-1936) e seu ateliê era localizado também no nº 52 da rua Vercingetorix. Pelo que entendi, eram vários ateliês na parte térrea do prédio. Neste documentário sobre sua vida, durante o minuto 28 do vídeo, fala-se sobre o local (https://youtu.be/3Hwezw2rJx0?t=27m37s). Espero que o ajude.

Pedro Guilherme-Moreira said...

Agradeço muito e tenho pena de não ficar com o seu contacto. Curiosamente, tinha uma nota de investigação ligando Brecheret a Alves de Sousa, porque suspeito que ele ocupou o ateliê quando o meu bisavô o deixou. Foi precioso, porque sei que Tarsila escreveu sobre isso e quero ter acesso a esse original, porque, provavelmente, escreveu mais. Fico mesmo muito grato.

Fábio Siqueira said...

Olá, Pedro. O comentário acima foi meu. Se eu puder lhe ajudar em algo, me contacte. Acho que posso indicar onde talvez encontre o original escrito por Tarsila.