Musée de Montmartre
|Location||12, rue Cortot - 75018 Paris, France|
|Website||Musée de Montmartre|
The museum is housed in buildings which are three centuries old, the Hotel Demarne and the Maison du Bel Air. The 17th-century French actor Rosimond acquired the house in 1680.
It was home to many famous artists and writers such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir who painted his celebrated La Balançoire and Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette here in 1876. When it was a home its residents included:
- Suzanne Valadon and her son Maurice Utrillo
- André Utter (Suzanne Valadon's husband and also a painter)
- Émile Bernard
- The fauves Othon Friesz and Raoul Dufy
- Demetrios Galanis
- Francisque Poulbot
- Léon Bloy
- Pierre Reverdy
The collections of the museum belong to the association Le Vieux Montmartre, created in 1886, and contains paintings, photographs, posters and manuscripts that depict the history of the neighbourhood, its effervescence, the bohème and cabarets from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The collection includes Le Cabaret du Chat Noir by Steinlen, Bruant au Mirliton, Le Divan Japonais or Le Moulin Rouge by Toulouse-Lautrec, La Place Pigalle by Maurice Utrillo, L’Autoportrait by Suzanne Valadon, Parce Domine by Willette, L’enseigne du Lapin Agile as well as the magnificent Théâtre d’ombres by Henri Rivière.
Renoir’s Gardens and the vineyard
The gardens have been renovated according to Renoir’s paintings. They provide a good view of the vineyard, which has existed since the Middle Ages and was replanted in 1933. According to the New York Times, its working vineyard is said to make the most expensive bad wine in the city.
The site belongs to the city of Paris. In 2011 its management was entrusted to the Kléber Rossillon firm, which has plans to double the exhibition space. As such, the gardens have been renovated according to Renoir’s paintings. Suzanne Valadon’s studio and the Hotel Demarne were renovated in 2014.
The museum is open all year every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An admission fee is charged.