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-ventury French actor Rosimond acquired the house in 1680. It was home to many famous artists and writers such as Renoir who painted his celebrated La Balançoire and Le Bal du Moulin de la Galette here in 1876. The museum also welcomed:
- Suzanne Valadon and her son Maurice Utrillo
- André Utter (Suzanne Valadon's husband and also a painter)
- Emile 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. Among them are « 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. Furthermore, Suzanne Valadon’s studio and the Hotel Demarne will also be renovated in 2014.
The museum is open all year every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An admission fee is charged.