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Deauville, in the footsteps of the creators ...

Walking tour

Throughout its history, Deauville has also forged its personality. Unique style of which she has the secret, sometimes extravagant, always accessible, she seduces by her naturalness and her casualness. True to this image, it radiates and arouses the curiosity of personalities from all walks of life. Writers, musicians, photographers, fashion designers, filmmakers, painters ... drew inspiration from the sea, the light and the atmosphere of the city. Among them…

Guillaume Apollinaire
Guillaume Apollinaire, then journalist and art critic, stayed in Deauville in 1914 where he produced a series of reports on the third great cultural season of Deauville.
Hotel Continental
1 rue Désiré le Hoc
DEAUVILLE
Eugène Boudin
The precursor of Impressionism built a house in Deauville in 1884 (8 rue Olliffe) where he spent the last 14 years of his life. Inspired by the particular light, several generations of painters have followed one another in Deauville including Kees Van Dongen, Raoul Dufy…
Stone breakwater
DEAUVILLE
Claude Lelouch
1965: the filmmaker escapes from Paris and arrives on the beach at Deauville. He sees a woman and her child walking early in the morning. It has its story ... "A man and a woman" came out in 1966 and received almost 50 international awards. Deauville becomes the eternal rendezvous of romanticism.
Place Claude Lelouch
DEAUVILLE
Françoise Sagan
Deauville played a special role in the life of the novelist. On August 8, 1958 at the casino, she bet on the 8 and won 8 million francs, the sum with which, at 8 am, she bought the house she rented near Honfleur.
Sun Bar
The Boards
DEAUVILLE
Georges Simenon
On August 15, 1931, Georges Simenon was invited to Deauville to sign his works. He comes aboard his yacht, the Ostrogoth and moored in the Yachts basin. During this immersion in Deauville, he stocked up on images and sensations. He will draw from it a new policewoman: "La Fleuriste de Deauville" and will evoke this stay in 1977 in one of his collections of memories: "Point-Virgule".
Sun Bar
The Boards
DEAUVILLE
André Hamburg
A great traveler, the painter came to Deauville for the first time in 1949. 30 years later, he rented cabin 181 on the Planches to paint facing the sea. In 2011, Nicole Hamburg bequeathed part of the town to Deauville work of her husband (531 paintings). Deauville will open a museum dedicated to the painter to the Franciscans, the future cultural center of Deauville.
The Boards
181 Cabin
DEAUVILLE
Colette
In July 1952 and July 1953, abandoning the heat of the Côte d'Azur, Colette took board at the Hôtel Royal. She stays there with Maurice Goudeket, her husband, and Pauline Tissandier, her faithful maid.
Royal Barrière Hotel
Corner of boulevard Cornuché
DEAUVILLE
Jean Gabin
The actor lived in Deauville between 1956 and 1974 and shot some of his films there. He rented various villas, then acquired in 1961 the Villa La Malmaison (at the corner of rue Hunebelle and rue Victor Hugo), which he renamed La Grande Villa.
Corner of Hunnebelle and Victor Hugo streets
DEAUVILLE
Isadora Duncan
"The barefoot dancer" took refuge at the Black & White villa (105 rue Victor Hugo) in 1914. During her stay, she volunteered to treat wounded soldiers.
Villa Black and White
105 rue Victor Hugo
DEAUVILLE
Armand Esders
In 1929, seduced by Deauville, Armand Esders bought a Villa there. The Deauville of the 1930s allowed him to fully indulge in three passions: the automobile, yachting and aviation.
Between 1929 and 1931, he helped finance the renovation and enlargement of the Saint-Augustin Church.
Armand Esders Alley
Square of the Saint-Augustin church
DEAUVILLE
Gustave Flaubert
The famous French writer regularly stays in Deauville at the "Ferme du Coteau", acquired by his father in 1837, located at the current location of the Villa Strassburger. He was forced to sell it in 1874 to settle the debts of his niece.
Villa Strassburger
1 avenue Strassburger
DEAUVILLE
Jean-Pierre Melville
In the summer of 1955, the breakage of the casino inspired Jean-Pierre Melville "Bob the flambeur", his first detective film. He had written the screenplay in 1950 and was waiting to be able to shoot it. The last 15 minutes of the film are shot in the square and in the casino. The film becomes cult and the very personal writing of Jean-Pierre Melville a universe of reference for the American directors of the years 199O.
Casino Barrière de Deauville
Place of the casino
DEAUVILLE
Vaslav Nijinski
In 1912, the opening evening of the Casino Theater was entrusted to Serge Diaguilev, an impressario of the Ballets Russes. Vaslav Nijinski dances that evening "The Specter of the Rose".
Deauville barrier casino
Place Yves Saint-Laurent
DEAUVILLE
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Attracted to Deauville by her lover Boy Capel, the fashion designer opened a shop there in 1913 (11 avenue Lucien Barrière). The designer finds her inspiration on racetracks, tennis and on the harbor.
La Villa Hommes Store
11 avenue Lucien Barrière
DEAUVILLE
Yves Saint Laurent
Far from the mundane, the designer regularly resource from 1976 to Château Gabriel, draws and lives his passion for decoration and horticulture. Recognized patron, he took charge in 1977 of part of the restoration of the Saint-Laurent church.
Place Yves Saint-Laurent
DEAUVILLE
Charles adda
Guillaume Apollinaire, then journalist and art critic, stayed in Deauville in 1914 where he produced a series of reports on the third great cultural season of Deauville.
Place Claude Lelouch
DEAUVILLE
Eugene Cornuché
Guillaume Apollinaire, then journalist and art critic, stayed in Deauville in 1914 where he produced a series of reports on the third great cultural season of Deauville.
Corner of Cornuché Boulevard
and rue Mirabeau extended
DEAUVILLE
Fernand Leger
Guillaume Apollinaire, then journalist and art critic, stayed in Deauville in 1914 where he produced a series of reports on the third great cultural season of Deauville.
The Boards
DEAUVILLE
Empress Eugenie
Guillaume Apollinaire, then journalist and art critic, stayed in Deauville in 1914 where he produced a series of reports on the third great cultural season of Deauville.
Empress Eugènie quay
DEAUVILLE

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