Paris and Montmartre: the beating heart of the Impressionist scene
Under Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann transformed Paris, thrusting the city into the modern age.
Chroniclers of modern life such as Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Caillebotte were regular attenders at the new hotspots of Paris life: cabarets, brasseries, dances and operas, as well as parks, gardens and racetracks.
Montmartre: fiefdom of the Impressionist painters
The village of Montmartre has perpetuated that effervescence, teeming with cafés and nightspots steeped in history.
The Maison Bel Air is home to the Musée de Montmartre and the Jardins Renoir, a tribute to the iconic local painter who lived there.
The best Impressionist collections in Paris museums
Paris and its museums offer spectacular settings for the finest collections of Impressionist art.
The Musée d’Orsay boasts the largest collection of Impressionist paintings anywhere in the world.
His greatest masterpiece, Impression, Sunrise takes pride of place at the Musée Marmottan Monet, home to the world’s largest collection of Monet’s works.
The museum also houses the most extensive collection of works by Berthe Morisot, who managed to impose her style and beliefs in what was a very closed and very male world.
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