Thursday, May 28, 2009
Day 40 Walk Around Montmartre Day
This is walk around Montmartre day, stop for a cafe au lait or expresso, sit and watch people, gander at the art that is everywhere. Street artists continue to ply their trade much as some do in Stanley Park. I have thought of doing the Stanley park display myself but I am just not sure that is my kind of exposure or forum for showing my work.
This quarter of Paris with it's artistic vocation and rich history has become an unavoidable meeting place for tourists, art collectors and gallery owners.
In 1977 it was officially recognized and regulated by the Prefecture of Police and since 1983 has been under the administration of the 'Marie de Paris' or, City Council of Paris. It is formally known as the 'Le Carré aux Artistes' or Artists Square and is home to 298 painters, portraitists and caricaturists all of whom share a one square metre place and work part-time on the square.
From the end of the 19th, and through the 20th century, Montmartre witnessed the activities of some great painters and styles including Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism, and the development of Surrealism and modern painting. Many artists have contributed to the tradition that is Montmartre and include De Jonking, Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet, Van Gogh, Toulouse Lautrec, Degas, Renoir, Picasso Braque, Matisse, Derain, Villon, Duchamp, Dufy, Susanne Valadon, Utrillo and Gen Paul, among others.
Renoir and Utrillo were, at different times, lived in the house which is now the Montmartre Museum.