The Grenier des Grands Augustins in Paris, the studio in which Pablo Picasso painted his celebrated work "Guernica," has recently been declared a National Landmark.
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso spent a large part of his life living in Paris, and between 1936 and 1955, the artist called the attic space of the manor called Hotel de Savoie in Paris his home. It was here where, in 1937, he worked on one of his most famous paintings, the Guernica.
Recently, news broke that the owners of the manor in which the studio was located had plans of converting it to a luxury hotel. Until November last year, Picasso’s old studio played host to various art-related activities for about a decade. Many artists and art groups led by the space’s former occupants Association du Comité National pour l’Éducation Artistique appealed to France’s national and local government to prevent this, and so on Tuesday last week, the place was finally declared a National Landmark during a historic preservation panel meeting. This means that redevelopment of the place, as artnet News had put it, would be “more costly and tie-consuming at least.”
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