is full of museums and galleries, sculptures in public gardens and
treasures sometimes glanced at in old courtyards. The city has also
been the home of artists who came from all over the world to settle
in the city of light. Many of their houses and studios have been
turned into little museums which are now open to the public. Here
is a walk around Paris following the path of these artists.
rue Antoine Bourdelle
Tel: 01 49 54 73 73 10am-5:40pm. Closed on Mon.
The sculptor's museum is one of the city's most wonderful little museums,
with its garden filled with monumental sculptures. The contrast is
stark with Bourdelle's modest apartment and the room where his father,
a cabinetmaker, died. The atelier where the artist worked has remained
musée du Montparnasse
21, ave du Maine
Tel: 01 41 22 91 96 1pm-7pm. Closed Mon. and Tues.
Marie Vassilieff was a Russian painter and her atelier became a museum
in an enchanting dead end, full of flowers and vegetation. During
the Great War, Marie Vassilieff started a soup kitchen for needy artists.
Picasso, Chagall, Modigliani, Fernand Lˇger, and many others used
to meet there.
100 bis, rue d'Assas 75006 Paris
Tel: 01 43 26 91 90 10am-5pm. Closed on Mon.
Ossip Zadkine built this tiny place hidden from the rue d'Assas, across
from the jardin du Luxembourg, where he lived and worked with his
wife, painter Valentine Prax. Not much is left of the artist's work,
but the museum often presents interesting shows and it is one of the
loveliest oases in the city.
6, rue de Furstenberg
Tel: 01 44 41 86 50 9:30am-5pm. Closed on Tues.
Delacroix moved into this house in 1857 and built an atelier in the
garden. In his bedroom, his chair, desk and souvenirs he brought back
from his trip to Marocco in 1832 are assembled. In the big atelier,
his painting material still remain. The garden has just been renovated
based on old documents depicting the way it was when Delacroix lived
maison de Balzac
47, rue Raynouard
Tel:01 55 74 41 80 10am-5:40pm. Closed on Mon.
Despite the architectural monstrosity, the peaceful neighborhood retains
some of the charm and character it had when Honoré de Balzac
lived here. The house has two different entrances which allowed the
writer to escape all his creditors. In the spring, the garden is lovely
and the house remains as it was when Balzac lived there.
25, rue de l'Yvette
Tel: 01 46 47 63 46 2pm-7pm, on Wed and Sat. Closed Sept., Dec., Mar.
and Je 16-31
In 1920, sculptor Henri Bouchard left Montparnasse for the quiet and
bourgeois neighborhood of Auteuil, to build his dream studio. Bouchard's
son and daughter in law have opened his house to the public which
has remained intact, with its large plaster sculptures and his tools.
In the little rose garden you can admire the sculpture of Le Faucheur,
created while he was an artist in residence at the Villa Medici, in
Villa des Brillants
19, ave Auguste Rodin
Tel: 01 41 14 35 00 1:30pm-6pm, Fri., Sat. and Sun., May 1-Oct. 26
Rodin lived in this red Louis XIII villa from 1895 until his death
in 1917. The artist bought little houses all around the villa, transformed
them into studios, surrounded by a beautiful garden. Everyone came
to visit the genius in his house, even Edward VII, the king of England.
The museum is filled with Rodin's sculptures. One can also visit the
dining room and the drawing room, left exactly as they were when Rodin
lived there. In the summer, one can also have lunch in a lovely atelier.
de la Vie Romantique
16, rue Chaptal
Tel: 01 48 74 95 38 10am-5:40pm, except Mon.
At the end of a lovely path lined with trees and cobblestones hides
the Musée de la vie romantique, one of the most magical places
to have tea. (until the end of September). Dutch painter Ary Scheffer
lived there from 1830 until 1858 and built two ateliers. The house
has been renovated by star decorator Jacques Garcia. You can see some
of Scheffer's paintings.
14, rue de la Rochefoucauld
Tel: 01 48 74 38 50 10am-12:45pm and 2pm-5:45pm, except Tues.
This museum is one of the most extravagant of them all. At the end
of his life, Moreau had two beautiful ateliers built one on top of
the another, painted in rose and connected by a spectacular spiral
staircase. In the painter's bedroom, you can still see the uniform
he wore when he went to the Académie Française.