Street Art, Paris
When the hustle & bustle of Montmartre wears on your nerves, get away from the crowded Place du Tertre (artists square) and Sacré Cœur; take the time to follow little side streets in Montmartre.
I happened upon this lovely blue storefront on the rue Tholozé while on my way to find Studio 28. Nothing special, just pretty and blue with photos in the window.
Sometimes it's good just to put the guidebook away, wander thru the streets, let serendipity take you. Then you'll discover places of your own. Paris is FULL of these wondrous little places. And that's when Paris becomes yours.
Photo: April 2003
This statue is an example of why Paris is known as a city of art. One of the charms of this great city is that you can happen on art and history at every turn. Our hotel in Paris was near the Latin Quarter and there was a medical school nearby as was attested by the number of bookstores with medical texts in the windows. This statue was at the intersection of rue Casimir Delavigne and rue Monsieur Le Prince. Vulpian was a 19th C medical researcher and professor working primarily with the brain and nervous and muscular systems. He was evidently respected and admired by his collegues and students and here is memorialized in this wonderful work. He looks scholarly and pensive, doesn't he?
Not sure what category this one should fall under really, maybe it's both. Outside Eglise St. Germain des Pres is a street artist of sorts who pretends to be a statue.
I am not sure what this person really wanted to accomplish but it was pretty amusing to see him. He must have been quite good in imitating a statue as no one approached him (or did not want to).
As I mentioned in my Paris front page, graffitti artists have not only skill and political commentary, but also humor in their work.
You can find it all over the city in some very unusual places. Look up a lot and you'll find things on the sides of buildings, up around floor 5.
Street entertainers abound in Paris and they all seem to be quite good at their craft. I have read that to perform in the Metro a person has to audition and be licensed. I wonder if that is the case on the street. At any rate, they are always entertaining. We encountered this one as we were leaving Ile de Cite for Ile St. Louis in search of Paris' best ice cream. Their job is not easy - always leave a few coins at least.
Sure, Paris is a city known for its beauty and culture, but it never ceases to surprise you when you turn a corner and come upon such works of art.
This impressive bronze statue of Balzac, by Rodin, stands proudly at the intersection of Boulevard du Montparnasse and Boulevard Raspail.
Side note: there is another cast of this sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
This is a small scale piece of "guerilla art" -- this artist has placed these small mosaics in a number of locations.
Another "guerilla artist" whose work I have noticed is the person who paints cats on the sides of buildings.
Who says the locals don’t have a since of humor?
After hours at enjoying some real master pieces, this one made me chuckle.
It would appear that the cows have also invaded Paris.
Had to take this picture as someone had put a lot of time and effort into painting this mural, I thought it was quite eye catching
This is not an activity or a "must see" it just called out to be photographed, someone has worked hard and long producing this wall mural so I thought it deserved a mention here on VT.
In addition to the "moasaic guy", there is the "cat guy" -- I've seen his work elsewhere in Paris, but this is the first time I've been able to take a picture.
Someplace between Musee Picasso and the Beauborg we passed a side of a building that offered this commentary on modern life:)
The apartment on the back road had interesting ornament like the photo. Yes, Pairs is art of city. I think the business person who was caught in the wall is still there as he was.
On various crumbling walls of the city (including walls of the catacombs...) keep an eye out for the wonderful art of Jerome Mesnager. Thanks to Kiwi for reminding me of this fascinating artist.