La Ruche. Fin 1900, les pavillons de l'Exposition universelle étaient à vendre. Un sculpteur en vogue, Alfred Boucher, qui avait acheté peu cher un terrain de 5000 m2 proche des fortifications, se porta acquéreur de la rotonde des vins construite par Eiffel, et de nombreux autres pavillons légers. Il réédifia ici un ensemble inauguré au printemps 1902, sorte de phalanstère artistique de quelque 140 ateliers. Alfred Boucher devint mécène en logeant, pour un loyer ridicule, de jeunes artistes: peintres, sculpteurs, écrivains, tels Léger, Chagall, Zadkine, Soutine, Archipenko... Boucher les appelait ses abeilles, et le pavillon fut nommé La Ruche. Lui-même s'était fait construire une petite maison, où il vécut jusqu'à sa mort en 1934.

English translation: "The hive. By the end of 1900, the pavilions of the Universal Exhibition were for sale. A fashionable sculptor, Alfred Boucher, who had bought cheap land of 5000 m2 near the fortifications, bought the wine rotunda built by Eiffel, and many other light pavilions. Here he rebuilt an ensemble inaugurated in the spring of 1902, a sort of artistic phalanstery of some 140 workshops. Alfred Boucher became patron by housing young artists for a ridiculous rent: painters, sculptors, writers, such as Léger, Chagall, Zadkine, Soutine, Archipenko... Boucher called them his bees, and the pavilion was named La Ruche. He himself had a small house built, where he lived until his death in 1934. [AWS Translate]"
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