When Baron Haussmann razed many working-class neighborhoods in central Paris, he encouraged artists to move to Montmartre. ... More
Place du Tertre
When Baron Haussmann razed many working-class neighborhoods in central Paris, he encouraged artists to move to Montmartre. The influx of artists and country village folk began in 1880.
At the foot of Montmartre cabarets thrived and an intense period of artistic activity took hold. The Place saw movements from Impressionism to Cubism to Fauvism to Surrealism come and go, right up to the eve of World War I. Greats like Renoir, Picasso, Braque, Dufy, Cezanne, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec painted here and, often, kept studios and living quarters in the adjacent streets. These days, despite an oppressive, constant tourist crush on the square, one can still discover that old-time Paris feeling here.
This place is really interesting. The work may not be "high art" but it certainly is fascinating to look at and a lot of fun to be the subject of. There's also a lot of very creative mimes in this area.
Place du Tertre seems to get a bad rap. Many of the artists here are quite good. This is a great place to see first thing in the morning (just before Sacre Coeur), when the shops are first opening. If you are looking for some souvenirs, you can find some for about a fifth of what they are charging at the Louvre, or other locations around Paris. Have a nice quiet espresso and experience the amazing light, the fresh air, and watch the vendors set up their wares. This is always one my best mornings in Paris without exception! Also a great place for some photos!
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