Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900
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Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900
maquis packed with the makeshift homes of les misérables.
As a bohemian refuge from the relentlessly modern metropolis, Montmartre played an important role for Van Gogh, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and the many other creatives who called the hilltop neighborhood home. While the works of the earlier impressionists tended to mirror the well-heeled bourgeois lifestyle to which they were accustomed, this new generation of post-impressionists captured the idyllic landscapes and quaint corner cafés of Montmartre as well as its harsh realities, including the lives of vagabonds and prostitutes. The more than three hundred paintings reproduced in this volume are organized thematically, with chapters that collect works portraying everyday street scenes, the “rural city” and the effects of urbanization, and the raucous Montmartre nightlife, including paintings of the Moulin de la Galette and the legendary Moulin Rouge. The paintings are accompanied by maps and historical photographs, including works by Eugène Atget.
A critic of the time once commented on Montmartre that “the quarter resembles a huge studio.” Esprit Montmartre explores this rich period of artistic production, the contexts that influenced it, and how these contexts continue to influence the image of the artist and subject today.
"Around 1900, the bohemian quarter of Montmartre on the outskirts of Paris attracted what is today an all-star lineup of artists: Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh. They arrived, seeking new ideas and new subjects. Their paintings captured not only the cozy corner cafes they frequented but also the can-can dancers and the raucous nightlife at the legendary Moulin Rouge. More than two hundred of their works are reproduced in Esprit Montmartre. . . . A pullout map highlights dozens of sites associated with the artists."
“There have been a number of important historical works on Montmartre and its place in French cultural life, . . . but a work focusing specifically on the artists of Montmartre placed within a social, logistical, and historical framework has been notably absent until now. The current volume fills an important lacuna in the field, especially in its ambition to be comprehensive. . . . [A] beautifully illustrated volume whose plates alone make it a valuable resource for historians and art historians alike.”
Table of Contents
La Bohème and a View of an Unfamiliar Paris
Montmartre as a Village–A View of a Different Paris
Into the Mines of the Extraordinary.
Montmartre: Historical Background and Topography
Montmartre in 1900.
The Social and Spatial Context of the Bohemian Melting Pot
Cafés, Absinthe Drinkers and Varietés
Dance Clubs and Cabarets in Montmartre during the Belle Époque
Artist’s Models, Dancers and Prostitutes
The Invention of Modernism.
Montmartre and the Printed Image
Phillip Dennis Cate
Toulouse-Lautrec in Montmartre.
The Formative Years
Journals and Magazines
A ‘Man from the North’ in Paris.
Van Gogh and Montmartre
The Illusionary World of the Circus
Art, Bohemia, and Youth.
Catalan Artists in Montmartre
Montmartre as an Arena for Outsiders and Social Change
‘Au haut de la Butte’.
Van Dongen’s Early Years in Paris
The Network of Artists and Art Dealers in Montmartre
Picasso and Montmartre.
Fertile Grounds for Artistic Creation
Robert McD. Parker
List of Exhibited Works
About the Authors