A French court is taking up a case involving the eviction of a cultural organization from the historic Paris loft where Spanish master Pablo Picasso painted "Guernica" in 1937.
The court is scheduled to hear the case Wednesday against the cultural group that uses the loft in the Grands-Augustins.
The loft has tremendous historic value because Picasso (1881-1973) used it as a studio from 1936 to 1955, Jean-Louis Barrault (1910-1994) lived and founded his first theater company there and Honore de Balzac used it as a location in "Chef d'oeuvre inconnu" (1845).
Aragon, Artaud, Bataille, Prevert, Cocteau, Marcel Carne, Robert Desnos, François Mauriac, Sartre and Giraudoux were among the notable figures who also frequented No. 7 Rue Grands-Augustins in the heart of Saint-Germain.
The neighborhood has lost much of its Bohemian character in recent years as real estate speculators moved in.
The National Committee for Artistic Education, or CNEA, has held more than 700 educational workshops, concerts and other free events at the property since 2002, CNEA director Alain Casabona told Efe.