About the Studio

Ateliers de La Tour

Ateliers de La Tour

On June 10th of 1967, Gerard Mazuy and his wife Helene Morel meet with Master painter, Andre Claudot and his wife Jeanne, at his “Atelier” under the roof of the 3 rue Musette in Dijon.

Gerard, then artisan baker-pastry maker, signed up for the evening adult classes to study with the Master and voraciously listens to the advice of his teacher, former professor of Dijon School of Fine Arts.

In December 1980, the Mazuy family left Dijon and relocated to Paris, in the heart of Montmartre neighborhood.

On June 10th 2014, with the the help of a few gracious volunteers, they hung up on the picture rails of the newly renovated space, some of Claudot’s most significant work, along with some of Gerard Mazuy’s pieces, setting the tone with oils, watercolors, pens and inks, of an exceptional mentor teacher-student relationship.

 

 

 

About the Atelier de La Tour, 3 rue Musette, Dijon, France

The Atelier de La Tour, located at 3 rue Musette in the heart of historic Dijon, France was home to former master painter Andre Claudot (1892-1982).

 

The Atelier and its tower are surrounded by historic buildings, some of which were built in the 16th century and others built in the 19th century making it seem like a maze of various styles of architecture.

As of April 2015, Gerard Mazuy will be inaugurating the Atelier Claudot as a permanent exhibit of his master teacher’s work, bearing testimony of Andre Claudot’s influence on him. Private group visits are available upon request

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Map (click to view full size)

Tour Map (click to view full size)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 La Rue Musette:

Throughout the middles ages and until 1810, the west side of this street was host to a fish market.

Across it, there was the ” Restaurant du Marais ” (marais:swamp) perhaps recalling the unhealthy nature of the neighborhood.

In 1810, the Dijon city council decided to combine the two streets theretofore known as rue Musette and rue de la Grande Poissonerie under the name rue Musette.

Musette being a kind of bagpipe is linked to the sign on the cabaret or tavern that was to have once sat on the banks of the Suzon river.

 

The expression, ” playing the musette” – drinking, is also mentioned as possibly relating to someone drinking from a goatskin looking like a musette player.

Finally, at the beginning of the 15th century, the city had its first public latrines built. As the Suzon was used as sewers at the time, perhaps the expression ” to go empty one’s musette” contributed to the street naming.