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Throwback Thursday • Vintage Paris • Lapin Agile

Opening sometime in the mid 1800s, Lapin Agile, a long-famous cabaret located in Montmarte was originally called Cabaret des Assassins.  More than 20 years later artist Andre Gill painted the sign – a rabbit jumping out of a saucepan – that eventually led to the place being called Cabaret Au Lapin Agile, or Nimble Rabbit Cabaret.

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Lapin Agile became a favorite hangout for artists such as Picasso, Modigliani and Utrillo as well as a mix of questionable characters and the well-heeled bourgeoisie slumming it.

This 1905 painting by Picasso, At the Lapin Agile, helped make the club world-famous.

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This is just one of many paintings of Lapin Agile by Maurice Utrillo…TBT_LapinAgile_Utrillo

Today, the cabaret is still open for business, entertaining visitors with French songs that date back as far as the fifteenth century.


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