Paris and inner ring départements
|• Mayor||Sébastien Pietrasanta|
|• Land1||4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)|
|• 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 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.
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).
The Cimetière des Chiens is believed to be the first zoological necropolis in the world.
A number of bus lines cross the town to connect it with its neighbours.
Vincent van Gogh
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. In Asnières, within walking distance of Theo's flat in Montmartre, van Gogh painted parks, cafés, restaurants and the river.
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- "The Seine with the Pont de la Grande Jatte, 1887". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005-2011. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
- "Restaurant at Asnières, 1887". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005-2011. Retrieved 2011-04-30.
- Media related to Asnières-sur-Seine at Wikimedia Commons
- Asnières-sur-Seine official website (French)
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Asnières". Encyclopædia Britannica 2 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 764