Montmartre is one of the most idyllic neighborhoods in the city of Paris, and it is usually a must-see stop on any visitor's itinerary. Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens are no exception. First stops will of course be the stunning Sacré Coeur church and the charming Abbesses area. However, there are many other things to see in Montmartre that visitors may not even know about and this includes a museum devoted exclusively to art that was created in the neighborhood or that embodies the spirit of Montmartre.
This museum is called the Musée de Montmartre and it provides visitors with an idea of just how important the neighborhood has been to the development of art.
Montmartre is known as being the former haven of impressionist artists, and this museum often shines the spotlight on the neighborhood's role in shaping this influential art movement. From September 14, 2013 until January 12, 2014, the Musée de Montmartre will reveal the technique and mastery behind the art of color etching with hard water in a cleverly titled exhibition called 'Impressions in Montmartre.'
Experimentations with this unique form of expression first began in 1890 with the artist Eugène Delâtre, who worked out of his Montmartre workshop. Soon, Delâtre's workshop was attracting the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso as he refined this art technique even further. The technique involves using acid to engrave metal that has been covered with a protective varnish in advance.
At the Musée de Montmartre, more than 100 etchings created by both Delâtre and Müller will be presented. These etchings often showcased scenes of daily living in the neighborhood. Some works also include portraits of local actors as well as simple passersby just like those who still flock to the Montmartre area today.