Artists in Montmartre
The name Montmartre evokes the glamour of late 19th-century Paris. The reality was rather different. It was a poor and unfashionable area that attracted all sorts of characters, from circus performers, musicians and anarchists to aspiring artists and writers. Beyond the reach of Parisian taxes, Montmartre was a freewheeling community of bars and brothels that provided inspiration to such artists as Degas, Derain, Van Dongen, Van Gogh, Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec and Utrillo. Gertrude Stein and her lover Alice B Toklas were frequent visitors to Montmartre, and Erik Satie played piano at Le Chat Noir. Another regular haunt was Le Moulin de la Galette, while Le Cirque Fernando gave the young Picasso many subjects for his paintings.
Lecture by Hilary Hope Guise