La Maison Picassiette

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La Maison Picassiette
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL181 contributions
Sep 2021
A remarkable example of an individual driven to produce a realization of a vision known only to him. Just dazzling in concept and execution. Inconspicuous entrance (unless you are unlucky enough to see a tour bus disgorging a crowd of oldsters at the curb). Highly recommended. Modest walk from town.
Written September 16, 2021
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Drogheda, Ireland158 contributions
Apr 2022
When in Chartres and if you want to see something completely different give this place a visit. Raymond Isidore did an amazing job on this property over his lifetime. To find the place is a bit of a pain as you'll put the address into Google Maps but walk by it, just an non disscript entrance, so take your time when Google says you've arrived. Plan on spending 30 minutes there, it's small but all the details everywhere is unreal. Take your time to look around it.
Written May 3, 2022
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Melbourne, Australia47 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
A very interesting attraction and an amusing foil for the cathedral! We visited on a Saturday in late September - it was quite quiet. We took a train from Paris leaving at 11:06am arriving 1hr layer in Chartres. Trains leave from Gare Montparnasse with 2 or 3 services per hour. We did the cathedral first as La Maison Picassiette is closed for lunch until 2:00pm.

You need a miniumum of 30 minutes there but 60 minutes would not be unreasonable. There were professional photographers there when we were there and I was not confident that the public were able to take photos - and staff do keep an eye on you. Do an image search on Google, there are plenty there! There are excellent public toilets on the premises.

You catch a number 4 bus (E1.10 fare), direction "La Madeline" - don't do what we did and jumped on the first No 4 bus we saw which went in the opposite direction! You could walk but is is 2-3 kilometers along a busy road and would not be the most pleasant of experiences... We went back to the station to catch the bus, but there is a bus stop on the main road outside the cathedral which takes you in the right direction - i.e. out of town. Look out for the correct stop, it is called Picassiette - it is announced automatically on the bus and there is an electronic display as well. Cross the road when when you get off the bus - it is in a small suburban street, well signed, You walk up the street for about 100m it's on the right.

We got back to Paris around 5:00pm after a pleasant day trip!
Written October 13, 2013
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Margaret W
London, UK49 contributions
May 2014 • Friends
We visited the Picassiette House (Pique Assiette means broken plates) while visiting Chartres. It is free with the Chartres Pass from the Tourist Office - 18.90 euros gives entry to museums etc. and one bus trip on the Filibus. Catch the No 4 bus from the main road opposite Chartres Station in the direction of La Madeleine to Picassiette. Cross over the road, turn left and first right signposted to Picassiette and Cemetery. The owner, Raymond Isadore, was a cemetery digger. He found lots of broken crockery and glass and decorated the entire house, furniture and garden, even his wife's sewing machine. It's beautiful and fun. I see other reviews said that you could not take photos, but we took loads. No-one told us not to. Nice toilets on site. No refreshments. To catch the bus back, pay the driver 1.10 euro.
Written May 27, 2014
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Munich, Germany531 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
While in Chartres in June, we visited the somewhat hidden gem of quirkyness, the Maison Picassiette. We were fascinated by the many shapes and colors of tiles and knick-knack used to create this eccentricity. I´m not too sure if I would call it art, but it´s definitely a place I would recommend you visit when in Chartres. We found it very entertaining!
Written January 3, 2018
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Hettienne G
47 contributions
Oct 2015
During our first visit to Chartres we did not know about La Maison Picassiette, so for our second visit we made a real effort to get there. We took the bus which was quite easy and drops you nearby. But please check the opening times. We found conflicting information and arrived in front of a closed gate. But were determined to visit and returned later. And it was well worth it. This is a must-see. If you are an artist or you love art, this amazing place will inspire you for weeks to come. One man's passion - remarkable. The visit can take anything from twenty minutes up to two hours depending on how taken you are with the incredible mosaics. There is not an inch that is not covered in mosaic pieces and it is truly beautiful.
Written November 6, 2015
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Annette G
Wales, UK43 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
This is a little hide gem. I create pique assisted mosaics and wanted to see the home of the originator....I was not disappointed. Although I feel much restoration has been done, it is very well worth a visit.
The opening hours are not as shown on the attraction website. The house is open from 10am to 6pm most days of the week. Street parking available.Be sure to have your camera with you and get there early so as to avoid getting other people in your photos.
Written July 17, 2015
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Aberdeen, UK739 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
This is a wonderful , wonderful antidote to all the grandeur and majesty of the cathedral . It is a small , intimate and very personal account of someone's life's obsession/art . It's naive but somehow in its entirety this little house and garden are a work of art .
Slightly out of town it is definitely worth the effort .
Ask the person at the cash desk for the English language brochure which is free to borrow and gives a clear and concise explanation of what the artist was trying to achieve
Written September 27, 2014
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Paris, France1,055 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
If you are looking for something unique to do off the beaten path without tourist crowds then this is it. Maison Picassiette is in a residential area away from the Chartres city center but well worth the detour in my opinion. You'll never have seen anything like it before.

Raymond Isidore (1900-1964) built this modest house in 1930 and then one day in 1938 found some broken dishes and glass while on a walk and brought them home. He started decorating the interior in mosaics and painting on every available surface, and afterwards he started work on the exterior, decorating a small chapel he built on the property, the garden and courtyard. He dedicated 30 years to his art works. The result is stunning and unlike anything I have ever seen. It is funky, unusual and beautiful. I adored it. When Isidore died, his widow stayed until 1979 until she went into a retirement home. Then the city of Chartres acquired the house in 1981 and it became a national historical monument in 1984.

Raymond Isidore was called Picassiette, which comes from the phrase “pique-assiette” and is a derogatory term meaning scrounger. He was taken as a real nut in his day and ridiculed. It seems there has always been a fine line between genius and insanity. I find his work brilliant.

They must have changed their policy on photos because we stayed at least an hour and I freely took photos all over. I would have been so disappointed to have come and not been able to take photos of this amazing little place. You just have to see it to believe it.

We didn’t buy the little guidebook but the man at the register kindly offered us a dog-eared copy (in French) to borrow that we took around with us so we could understand what we were seeing. I had only asked if they had a brochure or some explanation of the site. He didn’t even try to sell the guidebook, which is very nice but a bit expensive for what it is. There were only about three other people there when we visited.

In the past I have driven by and it was always closed, wrong time of the year. So be sure to check on dates and opening times before you go. No reservations needed. It is off the beaten tourist path, outside of the center of Chartres, but well worth the visit. There are very clean toilets on-site.
Written July 21, 2013
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Newtonville, MA72 contributions
May 2010
This house in Chartres, France is the extraordinary result of one man's work between 1938 and 1964. The house is quite a ways from the cathedral but well worth the bus ride.
The monument he left behind is a house and garden completely covered with intricate mosaics of broken crockery, painting and sculpture. He had a deep reverence for the cathedral and you can see tributes to it throughout the property. The word "Picassiette" could mean several things: "stealer of plates", "Picasso of the plates", or a play on words for pique assiette -- "crazy plates".
Written April 21, 2011
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