Sunday, 27 January 2013
I stumbled upon a feature on the Art & Décoration website with some lovely images to find out that it was an old mill house, Moulin de Villeneuve, that once belonged to the French poet Louis Aragon (1897-1982) and his wife and muse, Elsa Triolet (1896-1970). She had studied architecture in Moscow, where she was born, and later in life she turned to writing, probably after a little push from Maxim Gorky himself, who had read letters, which she wrote to a mutual friend, Viktor Shklovsky, when she was visiting Tahiti.
The Villeneuve mill house is now a museum, called Maison Elsa Triolet - Aragon. It's located in Saint Arnoult en Yvelines, south-west of Paris, an one-hour drive or so from the city. The Villeneuve mill contains thirty thousand works. In the left photo below you can see autographed books by Jean Cocteau, Paul Éluard and Georges Perec, who were friends of Aragon and Triolet.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Christophe Rouffio for Art & Décoration