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Open days in Montmartre artists’ lofts

November 9, 2011

Once a year, in November, magenta flags with white points flourish on many Montmartre buildings’ facades. Most people don’t even see them. The few who notice them and dare to push the doors of the buildings willdiscover the artists’ lofts and will understand why Montmartre is the epicenter of Paris’ artistic life.

More than 200 painters and sculptors take part in this event, initiated 20 years ago by the artists themselves. What is striking in this itinerary is the wide diversity of locations and types of apartments. From the tiny studio under the roof to the huge and luxurious apartment dominating Montmartre, all of them have a common point: tenants willing to share their passion for their art. They will therefore be more than happy to show you their pieces of art, answer your questions and even offer you a drink.

Eventually, you might end up negotiating the price of a painting. The initiative has been a success and many other districts have followed suit: Menilmontant or Belleville also have open days now.

Montmartre artist’s lofts open days: November 18th to 20th

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