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Montmartre – The Home to Many Inspirations

Montmartre – the home to many inspirations was and still is the most artistic district of Paris. It is also known as the “heart of the city” and it surely doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone. It is not only a magical place with the best views over the city, but a historical place where countless works of art were born over the centuries.

Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Montmartre - the Home to Many Inspirations

Bal du moulin de la Galette, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1876, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre: La Butte Montmartre, Vincent van Gogh, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Montmartre - the Home to Many Inspirations

Vegetable Gardens in Montmartre: La Butte Montmartre, Vincent van Gogh, 1887, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

During the Belle Époque, the period spanning the last several decades of the 19th century up until World War I, Montmartre was an area of reasonably priced apartments and a pleasant atmosphere, conducive to the creation of art. It was a place of many social gatherings, often accompanied by live piano music and characterized by deep conversations.


In Montmartre – the Home to Many Inspirations, one of the most famous places for artists to meet was Le Bateau-Lavoir. Artists such as Théophile Steinlen, Amadeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas or Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chose to work or live there. There were also two artists’ associations active in Montmartre – Les Nabis, a group of Post-Impressionists, as well as Les Incohérents, the avant-gardists.

Pablo Picasso in his studio in Le Bateu-Lavoir, 1900, Montmartre - the Home to Many Inspirations

Pablo Picasso in his studio in Le Bateu-Lavoir, 1900

La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891-92, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Montmartre - the Home to Many Inspirations

La Goulue arriving at the Moulin Rouge, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1891-92, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Garden in the Rue Cortot, Monmartre, Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1876, Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Montmartre - The Home to Many Inspirations

Garden in the Rue Cortot, Montmartre, Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1876, Carnegie Museum of Art

Foreigners Camille Pissarro and Pablo Picasso were also enchanted with this unearthly, fashionable area. The latter created one of his most famous pieces there – Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Pablo Picasso, 1907, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Montmartre - thr Home to Many Inspirations

Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, Pablo Picasso, 1907, Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissaro, 1897, National Gallery, London, Montmartre - the Home to Many Inspirations

The Boulevard Montmartre at Night, Camille Pissaro, 1897, National Gallery, London


Of particular note is the fact that the current Musée de Montmartre, located on Rue Cortot, was the first home of Pierre Auguste Renoir.

is a fifth-year student towards her Master of Journalism degree, yet art has always been one of her biggest interests. She especially admires Impressionism, Postimpressionism as well as Realism. As a result, she can never get enough of museums, and therefore loves to travel the world.

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