Discovering Rimbaud and his Work
With the help of the architect Aude Bruguière and her interior design assistants Aleth Prime and Virginie Darmon, we have devoted the hotel to Arthur Rimbaud, his poetic work and his travels, in a welcoming, contemporary atmosphere.
The entrance hall features a painted ceiling inspired by the « Bateau ivre » by artist Jean Aubertin, which invites you to contemplate a starry night full of symbols; close by is a full-length portrait of Rimbaud by Ernest Pignon-Ernest, of which only few or so original copies exist, which recalls the iconic photograph by Carjat in his famous version of urban art.
Each floor of the hotel is based on Rimbaud’s poems, from his early teenage writings such as « Ophélie », « Roman », « Ma Bohême » and « Le Dormeur du val », to new forms of poems, including « Voyelles », « Comédie de la Soif », « Michel et Christine » and « Fêtes de la patience ». The third floor is based on the chapters of Une saison en enfer and the prose poems of the Illuminations, featuring « Mauvais sang », « Alchimie du verbe », « Aube » and « Génie ».
We meet Rimbaud’s friends and family, with rooms devoted to Georges Izambard, Rimbaud’s mother and sisters, Paul Verlaine and Etienne Carjat. On the top floor, the focus is on Rimbaud’s towns and cities, from Charleville to Harar via Brussels, London and Aden.
Each room is personalised with an original watercolour by Jean Aubertin, whose work is already on display in all the other Hôtels Littéraires. Jean Aubertin also painted a portrait of Rimbaud for the hotel. A framed text of a poem, plus a few explanations, should inspire you to (re)read Rimbaud – you’ll find a book on your bedside table!