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THE
THE SIEGFRIED ERIC
Ellen Lórien's houseboat on the quai
of the Seine in Port de Plaisance, Paris.

      Shortly after the war, in 1948, she travelled to France and explored its various regions, making studies of its landscape. Finally, in 1950, she came to live in Paris permanently. Together with a musician named Sjoerd de Jong, she lived a more Bohemain existence on a houseboat on the Seine near Porte de Plaisance in Paris.
      At first, Sjoerd de Jong earned money as a street musican while Lórien made watercolour portraits of children. But with time, Sjoerd was performing at the Moulin Rouge under the name of Serge Singer, and their boat ‘the Siegfried-Eric’ was home to guests like Charles Aznavour and Julietta Greco. Or, they’d visit Maurice Chevalier, whose boat was just down the quai from theirs.
      The couple toured through Italy with Josephine Baker, and Singer performed during the intervals.



 
 
 


PARIS - SPRING 2003

THE
INSIDE THE SIEGFRIED ERIC
A reproduction of the boat's interior for Dutch television.
In the foreground is Serge Singer and behind him,
in a cloud of smoke is Ellen Lórien.



A Dutch television studio even recreated the inside of their boat to film a special on the couple in 1952.
      In 1954, Lórien broke with Singer, and continued on her own in Paris. She began studies under Mac Avoy and Max Friedlander at la Grande Chaumière, a renowned art school in Paris where each artist ran his own studio. To survive, she worked as a model in the Madelaine fashion district and lived for a time in a house on stilts in the forests outside Paris at St. Germain-en-Laye.




 
 
 


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