The image of the starving artist in a garret comes from Scènes de la vie de bohème, a work by the writer Henri Murger published in 1851. Turned into a play and performed with great success at the Théâtre des Variétés, two operas followed: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini (1896) and La bohème by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1897). Art imitating life. Continue reading Marcel Leprin: Haunted genius of Montmartre
The Moulin de la Galette has stood on Montmartre since 1622. It must be one of the most painted and photographed landmarks in Paris – which, as Maurice Chevalier sang, will always be Paris. Continue reading Paris sera toujours Paris!