Owners regain control of Picasso's Paris studio

Paris, Jul 4 (EFE).- A French court has ordered the eviction of the cultural group that has been using the historic Paris studio where Spanish master Pablo Picasso painted "Guernica" in 1937.

The loft has been owned since 1925 by the Chambre des Huissiers de Justice de Paris, or CHJP.

The ruling can be appealed, but the National Committee for Artistic Education, or CNEA, must vacate the property within 15 days of receiving notification of the court's decision, judicial officials told Efe.

The court ruled in favor of the CHJP after weighing its decision for two weeks.

Aragon, Artaud, Bataille, Prevert, Cocteau, Marcel Carne, Robert Desnos, Fran├žois Mauriac, Sartre and Giraudoux were among the notable figures who also frequented No. 7 Rue Grands-Augustins in the heart of Saint-Germain.

The neighborhood has lost much of its Bohemian character in recent years as real estate speculators moved in, pushing property prices and rents higher.

The loft has tremendous historic value because Picasso (1881-1973) used it as a studio from 1936 to 1955, Jean-Louis Barrault (1910-1994) lived and founded his first theater company there and Honore de Balzac used it as a location in "Chef d'oeuvre inconnu" (1845).

The CNEA has held more than 700 educational workshops, concerts and other free events at the property since 2002, CNEA director Alain Casabona told Efe last month.