Saturday, 16 June 2012

Le Dôme Café, 109 bd. Montparnasse, Paris

Le Dôme Café or Café du Dôme is a restaurant in Montparnasse, Paris. From the beginning of the 1900s, it was renowned as an intellectual gathering place. It was widely known as "the Anglo-American café."

Opening in 1898, it was the first such café in Montparnasse. It "created and disseminated gossip, and provided message exchanges and an 'over the table' market that dealt in artistic and literary futures." (Mark King Memories of Paris). It was frequented by painters, sculptors, writers, poets, models, art connoisseurs and dealers. Le Dôme later became the gathering place of the American literary colony and became a focal point for artists residing in Paris's Left Bank.

Visited by Jan Gabrial, Julian Trevelyan, Louise Scherpenberg and David Reeves in December 1933; "After dinner we stopped by the Dôme for drinks and wound up on the rue de Lappe." (Jan Gabrial Inside The Volcano Pg. 39)

Later, when when Lowry arrived in Paris, he and Jan met Julian Trevelyan and Louise Scherpenberg at the Dôme for a New Year's party in 1933. The scene of the beginning of an argument between Jan and Lowry.

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