The decision comes after protesters demanded that the name be taken down in light of the ongoing opioid crisis.
The artist behind the work calls the decision "total hypocrisy."
And the reasons are fairly obvious.
All those tourist selfies are about to become a bit harder to capture.
Though French artist Hubert Robert's name doesn't resonate like those of his compatriots Chardin and Fragonard, in his day he was celebrated for his poetic views of architectural ruins. Robert's diverse fans ranged from Louis XVI and Catherine the Great to Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson.
Jheronimus Bosch, The Haywain, 1510-16. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. With the special collaboration of The Museo Nacional
As we turn to 2016, we resolve to do more traveling, with an eye to experiencing the most spectacular, awe-inspiring artworks on the planet.
In Italy, I've been all alone in a room full of Botticelli paintings, with Bernini's "Apollo Chasing Daphne", with Leonardo's "Last Supper", and with two masterful Davids: Donatello's and Michelangelo's. Each experience was a kind of artistic climax, leaving me craving a cigarette.
In the last few days, Paris has been in the news and on our minds for all the wrong reasons... tragic reasons. And still, there is no doubt that with its indomitable spirit and enduring troves of art and culture, the city -- and France itself -- will overcome.