Street Artists, Paris
The British and Australians have a nice word for street musicians -- buskers.
You can find buskers busking at lots of places in Paris, for instance at the Place des Abbesses in Montmartre.
I was surprised to find these guys playing in the rain, since most musicians I know are very careful not to let their instruments get wet and pack up at the first sign of a shower.
Address Place des Abbesses, 75018 Paris
Directions: Vélib' 18004
Métro Abbesses, line 12
Aerial view and photo of Métro station Abbesses on monumentum.fr
GPS 48°53'5.60" North; 2°20'19.07" East
Next review from September 2011: Le Bateau Lavoir
There always seems to be a festive atmosphere on the "piazza" in front of the modern art museum Centre Pompidou or Beaubourg.
Groups of street performers take turns putting on shows and funny sketches here.
Second photo: The Centre Pompidou was one of the first huge new projects of the 1970s. It was intended as an "original cultural institution in the heart of Paris completely focused on modern and contemporary creation," and was first opened in 1977. Twenty years later it was closed for extensive renovation work, and then re-opened in January 2000. They say that some six million people visit the Centre Pompidou each year, for a total of over 190 million visitors in its 30 years of existence.
When I explain to people where I used to live in the Marais district, I sometimes say it was halfway between the Centre Pompidou and the Opéra Bastille, even though neither of these even existed at the time.
There's a special romanticism in Tertre's nights (in summer... I may say now!).
Several painters occupy the place, displaying their portfolio, while hundreds of people walk around, comparing and commenting styles, and some of them negotiating a portrait or caricature. And the time passes quickly, comparing faces to the expressions fixed in the papers.
I found this chap sitting by the kerb outside a café opposite Notre Dame. He was riding this eco-friendly, price effective contraption around the streets of Paris and naturally, attracting quite a bit of attention. This of course was the object of the exercise as he was hoping for all of the bystanders to drop a few coins into his "Caisse" box which was fitted to the vehicle.
I wouldn't mind betting that this wonderful cycle will end up in a novelty museum one day.
This famous cobblestoned square really lives up to its reputation. I really loved the atmosphere and the variety of talent on display. Quirky street art, seriously funny caricatures, unbelievably accurate portraits and intricate representations of famous Parisian streets and attractions are some of the works of art that will distract and delight you while you carefully navigate around the crowds, easels and art equipment.
My sister and I ended up having our caricatures done by a smooth talking artist. 2 of us in a drawing for 40Euros, seemed like a bargain until we realized the chap next to him was doing 2 for 25Euros. O well, next time we will know better.
There are plenty of ways to get up to this place, some involving terribly steep slopes or steps including the the route we took which was from Abbesses Metro. But plenty to see along to way so don't give your self a heart attack by trying to get to the top quickly.
Upon arriving in the city of Paris from CDG through the subrubs, you will see all the walls full of scribbles of someone's name after another. Pretty pointless and too amateur to be considered as graffiti or an art form. And maybe part of it because of all these craps, graffiti, as a whole, has been considered as a crime... But maybe that's part of this whole thing; to create an art within a very limited of time without getting caught...it's an adrenaline drive. it's an excitement.
I'm totally no expert on this topic, admit it, you can pretty much distinguish an art from a scribble of I-don't-know what.
what is around the corner!
These two dancers, found across from
Place St. Michel were a delight to watch.
Part of what make Paris such a spectacular city is that even the street performers have class.
Check the travelouge for a closer look at the Latin Quarter.
Strolling around on the highest level of Paris. Montmartre, Sacré Coeur, Place du Tertre, meeting street artists, promoting their capacities and your lovely personality to be put into a drawing. Remarkable is that before entering the Place itself, some "wild" and rather aggresive artists try to earn some money. On the Place itself the real painting artists are calm and friendly.
And than having a Guinness at the local Irish Pub, or even a belgian blond Leffe - a Cuban Libre.
Oh Paris - you are fascinating and so multicultural
This was one of the best surprises about Paris. We didn't try to do any research about where to find this market or when but I'm sure the info is out there somewhere.., We happened upon this in the Marais section of Paris on a Friday in June about 12 noon, thats the best info I can provide! They sell the freshest of everything.., seafood, produce, some breads, cheeses, oils, olives, etc.. and they give out tastes!
Important part of the Parisian special atmosphere, the Bouquiniste stalls can be found on the Quai St-Michel.
With their specific dark green boxes, the bouquiniste are selling, beside the second-hand books, also drawings and other small souvenirs.
Street Artists and Musicians:
Paris has them like all the great cities.
I love all the Paris street artists and musicians. Everywhere you go, .... art.
Although occasionally they could become a little tedious
( e.g. try being "ambushed" on the RER early in the morning by a boisterous and slightly off-key brass band when you are hung over from the night before )...
they are one of my fondest Paris memories.. Music and art everywhere. Only in the great cities of the world.
The waif playing the violin on the Champs in the second foto is another of Anthonys street scenes that reflect what I experienced & loved, and which triumph so toweringly over my mediocre photos.
Good job antoine..!! Copyright 2000-2006 by Anthony G. Atkielski
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The street vendors sell paintings (of Paris, animals etc), prints, 2nd hand books (mostly French and English), souvenirs and more.
With the Cathedral of Notre Dame as a backdrop it is a beautiful way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
It is an ideal place to get presents for your family and friends.
Unlike Montmartre, there were no artists painting when I was there in August 2005. Apparently the painting I bought was painted by an Art student as part of their course.
Especially after a light rain, I love to wander narrower backstreets in Paris at night.
Though there are Latin Quarter jazz and funk clubs on some of the corners, rue Galande is really beautiful when it gets quiet after midnight on weeknights and late Sunday night, yet there is music and action always right close by.
A cheap, magic date, do it on your own or with someone who knows how to shut up during a magic-time stroll.
Street performers are part of the experience in almost every tourist town. In Paris, you can find organ grinders, wearing berets. You can find musicians, playing tunes you know from the background of movies about Paris. It's all an inevitable part of a trip to Paris. Enjoy.
Artists offer reasonably-priced original art on Montmartre. You can have portraits painted quickly (20 minutes to one hour) or just browse through the artists' offerings: flowers, French scenes, Paris landmarks and monuments, etc. If you are taking something home for a friend, consider buying a small piece of original art; trust me, Grandma will like it even more than her Hard Rock London t-shirt! Prices will vary from artist to artist and picture to picture, but you can get a nice original portrait for around 40 euro or other ready-to-buy paintings and drawings from 15 euro up.