Art Cities: Paris

When artists think of famous museums in Paris, they immediately think of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. But Paris is the Walhalla for art lovers, with many museums and amazing art pieces, there is something for everyone. Here, are the museums and important places you should really visit as an artist in Paris.

Street art in the 13th arrondissement.

Art Cities: Paris

LOUVRE

Paris has over 150 museums, all filled with many French artists like: Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and many more famous painters. Of course, the most famous museum is the Louvre which holds the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci and the Venus by Milo.  

The Louvre in Paris

It also holds the world’s largest art collection and the building itself serves as a historic monument. The glass pyramid which was designed by I.M. Pei and was added later in 1989 serves as the entrance to the Louvre.  

ARCHE DE LA DÉFENSE/ ARC DE TRIOMPHE/ PLACE DE LA CONCORDE

The Champs Élysées looking upon the Arche de la défense.

From the Louvre you can walk all the way down the Champs-Élyssées and pass beautiful buildings all the way to the Grande Arche de la Fraternité or better known as Arche de la Défense. On your way, you will pass the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde, which are both historical places and a must visit.

The Arc de Triomphe.
Place de la Concorde

CENTRE POMPIDOU

Another building that is certainly worth your while and holds some history is the Centre Pompidou. Not only is the building a masterpiece with the colored tubes and stairs on the outside. It also holds one of the largest collections of modern art only rivaled by MoMA in New York. The building holds a library, exhibition and performance spaces, and a repertory cinema.

Le Centre Pompidou.

MONTMARTRE

Basilique de Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, Paris

The art center of Paris lies in Montmartre, here you can not only find the famous basilique du Sacre Coeur or Holy Heart basilica but also the place where the cancan and cabaret were invented, The Moulin Rouge. Montmartre may be the art district it is also known as the sex district and the districted of death due to the cemetery, Cimetière de Montmartre, where many famous French people are buried.

Moulin Rouge in Paris
The Cemetery in Montmarte.

However, Montmartre has been the epicentre for artist for over a century now. Since the Belle Époque many famous artist have resided in this neighborhood among which Amedeo Modigliani, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Vincent van Gogh.

A busy street in Montmartre

In Rue Gabrielle, you can find the first studio of Picasso at number 49 and at place Emile-Goudeau you can find where the old piano factory stood, that was the place of birth of Cubism by Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris.

Church St.-Jean-de-Montmartre in Paris

Paris is also the home of many churches, but in Montmartre, you can find the church St-Jean-de-Montmartre which is a curious artwork in itself. Another architectural piece that you can find in Montmartre is the most beautiful Metro of Paris, namely the stop of Abbesses.

STREET ART

For street art in Paris, you can find the best pieces in the 19th arrondissement. Walking alongside the Canal de l’Ourcq, you can find hundreds of murals done by both professional and amateur street artists. Another place to find amazing pieces is in the 13th arrondissement.

Street Art near Canal de l'Ourcq

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