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The home of the American writer Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo was renowned as a gathering place for the best and brightest artists of the age, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Paul Cézanne.
Gertrude Stein’s literary salons are considered crucial influences in defining modernism in both literature and art.
The expat author lived in this Paris apartment with her longtime partner Alice B. Toklas, the subject of Stein’s memoir (written in Toklas’ voice) The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Toklas became the de facto hostess of the wives and girlfriends of Stein’s artist friends, hosting her own salon in a separate room.
Although the apartment is not open to the public, a plaque at N° 27 Rue de Fleurus marks the important historic literary address. The spot is certainly worth passing by for literature and art lovers strolling through the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg.