Montmartre and the Artists

a century long love story

Made famous by some of the 19th century greatest painters, Montmartre has long been a place of artistic creation.

The iconic artists of Montmartre’s golden age

In the nineteenth century, impressionist painters such as Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Degas were accustomed to meet at the famous Cafe Guerbois on the grande rue des Batignolles (today known as Avenue de Clichy). Then they visited the café La Nouvelle Athènes on Place Pigalle. This café is for example the origin of some of Degas most famous work such as Femmes au café or Absinthe. Renoir lived in the Rue Cortot and worked there on his large canvas Bal au Moulin de la Galette that was located rue Lepic. Picasso made many paintings, including The Maids of Avigon, in the famous Bateau-Lavoir at 13 rue Ravignan (now Place Emile Goudeau).

A living tradition

This artistic tradition continues today as the area hosts a large number of workshops and art galleries. The City of Artists of Montmartre, with 184 workshops over three six-story buildings, is the largest city of European artists.

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