As well as being a hotbed of tourism, Montmartre is also a vibrant area for street artists to ply their trade. It adds a dynamism to a walk around the district, and seems fitting for an area that has such strong associations with subversive and provocative art over the centuries, and was the former haunt of Dali, Picasso, Modigliani and Mondrian, to name but a few.
It’s definitely worth exploring some of the back lanes and alleyways to uncover Montmartre’s newest wave of unconventional artists. Besides, it’s a generally accepted inter-galactic rule that you should always do what Yoda tells you.
Proving that there is plenty of living artists – and not just the water colourists and caricaturists selling their work to tourists – Montmartre is home to plenty of interesting and creative pieces of street art. It seems to add to the spirit of the place, and flies in the face of the overwhelming commercialisation that dominates around the main streets and plazas.
If you’re interested in street art, Montmartre is a good place to visit. It also provides a good reason for getting off the (heavily) beaten tourist track to explore a few of the less visited streets and alleys that make up the area. You never know, you may be uncovering some new masterpieces…