A few steps from the Sacré-Coeur and the Place du Tertre, the Montmartre Museum and its gardens offer a haven of peace and greenery in the heart of Paris.
A museum of art and history of Montmartre
The Museum was created in 1960 in one of the oldest buildings on the Butte, built in the 17th century: the Maison du Bel Air. Surrounded by gardens, it was the place of creation of many artists such as Auguste Renoir, Émile Bernard, Raoul Dufy, Charles Camoin, Suzanne Valadon or Maurice Utrillo. You will discover the permanent collections with a unique fund of paintings, posters and drawings that will make you relive the history of the Butte, the artistic effervescence of its workshops, and the atmosphere of its famous cabarets.
Suzanne Valadon’s studio
By moving into their studio-apartment in 1912, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo and André Utter left a symbolic mark at 12, rue Cortot. Thanks to its redevelopment, the soul of this infernal trio has reinvested the premises: the stove has returned to its place, the mezzanine of the workshop has been recreated and Utrillo’s bedroom has found its paneling and its grille at the window. All the basic material having disappeared, Hubert Le Gall has unearthed all the pieces presented today, in the studio-apartment, as faithful to the letters and writings of the time – true testimony of past life – as to the historical photographs of the places, scrupulously analyzed.
The Renoir Garden
The gardens of the Musée de Montmartre were named in memory of Auguste Renoir, who lived there between 1875 and 1877 and painted several masterpieces there, such as the Bal du moulin de la Galette, the Swing or the Jardin de la Rue Cortot. Each garden has its own character inspired by the palette of the impressionist painter. Suzanne Valadon and André Utter her companion also immortalized these gardens.
12 rue Cortot, Paris