Champs Elysees

~Champs Elysees~

The most beautiful avenue in the world

La plus belle avenue du monde champs elysees

“The press marveled at Voronoff’s extravagant lifestyle — the huge hotel suite on the Champs-Elysées, where he lived with his wife and a staff of servants, his holiday home on the Riviera, the fancy cars and parties…”  ~ A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis by David Friedman

From Wikipedia: The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous streets in the world.  The name Elysees revers to The Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology.  The avenue runs for 1.25 miles through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris. 

From the Obelisk of Luxor luxto the Arc de Triomphe :


June 3-6-30 1921. The international exhibition organized by Tristan Tzara under the name of “Salon Dada” in the hall of the Montaigne Gallery,

Parisian Dada
Parisian Dada

 just above the Champs-Élysées theatre, assembled a medley of a hundred incongruous works submitted by about twenty French and foreign artists.

Champs Elysees Theater
Champs Elysees Theater


The Children of Lesseps
The Children of Lesseps

Ferdinand de Lesseps was the engineer of the Suez Canal, and also assisted in bringing the Statue of Liberty to America.  His 15 children were known for their parties on Le Champs Elysees.  Doubtless this is where Serge Voronoff met his first wife, Loiuse-Barbe (Lesseps).

Gertrude Stein by Picasso, 1907
Gertrude Stein by Picasso, 1907

 “Gertrude Stein’s unheralded speaking performance happened at the American Women’s Club in Paris.  At the moment its setting was a sumptious mansion along the rue Boissiere in the 16th arrondisement, a marble-floored gold adorned building that had been the property of Dr. Serge Voronoff, proponent of the so-called ‘monkey-gland rejuvenation’ theory.  Rather unfairly this seemed to diminish the dignity of the house, but the handicap was bravely surmounted.  ”

From Gertrude Stein Remembered by Linda Simon

Picasso, 1907
Picasso, 1907

  Pablo Picasso is said to have been a patient of Voronoff’s.

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