Asnières-sur-Seine

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Asnières-sur-Seine
Château d'Asnières
Château d'Asnières
Coat of arms of Asnières-sur-Seine
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Coordinates: 48°54′39″N 2°17′20″E / 48.9108°N 2.2889°E / 48.9108; 2.2889Coordinates: 48°54′39″N 2°17′20″E / 48.9108°N 2.2889°E / 48.9108; 2.2889
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Nanterre
Government
 • Mayor Sébastien Pietrasanta
Area
 • Land1 4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 82,720
 • Population2 density 17,000/km2 (44,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 92004 / 92600
Elevation 22–43 m (72–141 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Asnières-sur-Seine (French pronunciation: ​[a.njɛʁ syʁ sɛn]) is a commune in the northwestern suburbs of Paris, France, along the river Seine. It is located 7.9 km (4.9 mi) from the center of Paris.

Name[edit]

Asnières-sur-Seine was originally called simply Asnières. Asnières was recorded for the first time in a papal bull of 1158 as Asnerias, from Medieval Latin asinaria, meaning "donkey farm". The poor soil of Asnières, where heather grew in Medieval times, was probably deemed only suitable for the breeding of donkeys.

On 15 February 1968 the commune was officially renamed Asnières-sur-Seine (meaning "Asnières upon Seine"), in order to distinguish it from other communes of France also called Asnières.

Avenue de la Marne

Demographics[edit]

Immigration[edit]

Place of birth of residents of Asnières-sur-Seine in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
78.3% 21.7%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.7% 2.9% 3.5% 13.6%
¹This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.

Administration[edit]

Asnières-sur-Seine is divided into two cantons:

  • Asnières-sur-Seine-Nord: 43,453 inhabitants (57.3% of the total).
  • Asnières-sur-Seine-Sud: 32,384 inhabitants (42.7% of the total).

Economy[edit]

The Cimetière des Chiens is believed to be the first zoological necropolis in the world.

Transport[edit]

Asnières-sur-Seine is served by three stations on Paris Métro Line 13 : Gabriel Péri, Les Agnettes and Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles, terminus of the line.

The tramway line 1 also serves Asnières – Gennevilliers – Les Courtilles station, connecting to Noisy-le-Sec.

It is also served by Asnières-sur-Seine and Bois-Colombes stations on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail network.

A number of bus lines cross the town to connect it with its neighbours.

Art[edit]

Georges Seurat[edit]

Asnières

Bathers at Asnières by Georges-Pierre Seurat
A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884
by Georges-Pierre Seurat
Art Institute of Chicago

Bathers at Asnières by Georges-Pierre Seurat depicts a scene of 19th century leisure and developing industry in this suburb of Paris.

In 1885 Seurat made Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grand Jatte used a technique of placing colored dots on a work which led a movement called "Pointillism".[1]

Vincent van Gogh[edit]

Van Gogh paintings of Asnières

Exterior of a Restaurant at Asnières
Summer, 1887
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (F321)
The Rispal Restaurant at Asnières
Summer, 1887
Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Fine Art (F355)
The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Jatte
Summer, 1887
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (F304)

Vincent van Gogh made a series of paintings of Asnières. Influenced by Impressionism and Pointillism, van Gogh modified his traditional style and used vivid color, shorter brushstrokes and perspective to engage the viewer. His views of the banks of the Seine are an important progression for his later landscape paintings.[2][3] In Asnières, within walking distance of Theo's flat in Montmartre, van Gogh painted parks, cafés, restaurants and the river.[4]

Notable residents[edit]

The old château was the death place of Anne Marie Victoire de Bourbon, daughter of Henri Jules de Bourbon and thus grand daughter of le Grand Condé, cousin to Louis XIV.

Asnières is the birthplace of Henri Barbusse, 1873, writer of Under Fire. A street in the town was named after him.

Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas was born in this suburb of Paris, as was Axel Ngando, another footballer. Rin Tin Tin is buried in the famous pet cemetery.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Everdell, W (1997). The First Moderns: Profiles in the Origins of Twentieth-century Thought. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 63–64. ISBN 0-226-22480-5. 
  2. ^ Hansen, Nichols, Sund, Knudsen, Bremen (2003). Van Gogh: Fields. Hatje Cantz Publishers for Toledo Museum of Art Exhibition. p. 10. ISBN 3-7757-1131-7. 
  3. ^ "The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Jatte, 1887". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005-2011. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  4. ^ "Restaurant at Asnières, 1887". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005-2011. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 

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