Rive Gauche

"Left Bank" redirects here. For other uses, see Left Bank (disambiguation).
The arrondissements of Paris with the river Seine bisecting the city. The Rive Gauche is the southern half.

La Rive Gauche (French pronunciation: [la ʁiv ɡoʃ], The Left Bank) is the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris. Here the river flows roughly westward, cutting the city in two: looking downstream, the southern bank is to the left, and the northern bank (or Rive Droite) is to the right.

"Rive Gauche" or "Left Bank" generally refers to the Paris of an earlier era: the Paris of artists, writers and philosophers, including Colette, Margaret Anderson, Djuna Barnes, Natalie Barney, Sylvia Beach, Erik Satie, Kay Boyle, Bryher, Caresse Crosby, Nancy Cunard, Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), Janet Flanner, Jane Heap, Cecilia Rosser, Maria Jolas, Mina Loy, Henry Miller, Adrienne Monnier, Anais Nin, Jean Rhys, Solita Soland, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Renee Vivien, Edith Wharton [1] Pablo Picasso, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Henri Matisse, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Baldwin [2] and dozens of other members of the great artistic community at Montparnasse.[3] The phrase implies a sense of bohemianism, counterculture and creativity.[4] Some of its famous streets are the Boulevard Saint-Germain, the Boulevard Saint-Michel, the rue Bonaparte and the Rue de Rennes.

The Latin Quarter is a Left Bank area in the 5th and 6th "arrondissements", so named because originally Latin was widely spoken by students in the vicinity of the University of Paris.

See also


Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Left Bank.
  1. Shari Benstock, Women of the Left Bank, 1986
  2. Washington, Ellery. "James Baldwins's Paris". New York Times. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  3. Mills, Ian. "Hemingway's Paris - Part 2". Discover France. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  4. Noel, Josh. "Left Bank vs. Right: A tale of two cities". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 28 February 2013.

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