Cendrars, Blaise

BORN 1 Sep 1887, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel - DIED 21 Jan 1961, Paris
BIRTH NAME Sauser, Frédéric Louis
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière des Batignolles, 8 rue Saint-Just (Division 07 (Lamberjack tomb))

Blaise Cendrars was the son of a father from Switzerland and a mother from Scotland. In 1902 he met the sculptor August Sutor who was a lifelong friend. He studied medicin but abandoned his studies and travelled in Europe, Russia and Asia. In 1909 he published a volume of poetry. In 1910 he met Apollinaire in Paris. During the First World War he saw action a the Somme and in 1915 he lost his right hand. He was decorated and obtained French citizenship.

Jean Cocteau introduced him to Eugenia Errázuriz, who became his patron. In 1918 he worked as an assistant during the making of the movie "J'accuse". He was a member of the artistic community at Montparnasse and Henry Miller and Amedeo Modglani were friends. He also knew Hemingway. In 1925 his first novel "L'or" was published and in his "Farewell to Painters" (1926) he described his break from French intellectuals.

He worked in the movie industry in France, Italy and the USA. After the Germans invaded France in 1940 he fled to Aix-en-Provence. In 1950 he settled in the rue Jean-Dolent in Paris. In 1957 he suffered a stroke and he died in 1961 in Paris.

Related persons
• was painted by Modigliani, Amédéo


The grave of Blaise Cendrars at the Cimetière des Batignolles, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2017)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
• Le Clère, Marcel, Cimetières & Sepultures de Paris, Hachette, Paris, 1978

Ceram, C.W.

Published: 10 Oct 2020
Last update: 24 Sep 2021