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Montmartre Paris

The Late Nineteenth Century




Montmartre was the working-class district on the outskirts of Paris. Montmartre lured thrill-seeking Parisians to its dance halls and cabarets, circuses and brothels. Cheap rents, along with the licentious culture, also attracted young, avant-garde artists, who reveled in Montmartre’s pleasures. For these artists, the raucous spirit of Montmartre, its unbridled energy, tawdry behavior, garish colors, and provocative celebrities was both a way to live and a subject to depict. Many artists, from Berlioz to Picasso, lived, worked, and played here. These creative spirits (and their café, the Lapin Agile) helped keep this area the city's intellectual and artistic center up until the first World War.

Montmartre is known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, located at the summit of the butte, the highest point in Paris.

Basilique Sacre Coeur

(Basilique Sacre Coeur)

Monmarte most famous cabarets is the Moulin Rouge. The Moulin Rouge is best known for its red windmill roof and the can-can dance. It was frequented by such absinthe drinkers as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Moulin Rouge Circa 1900

(Moulin Rouge, Circa 1900)

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