Place du Tertre

by Kerry Lee 59 months ago

Anyone interested in contemporary art could certainly appreciate the creative efforts of the current artistic ensemble occupying Place du Tertre: a bustling square inhabited by a group of portrait and landscape artists, who paint and sketch purely for the market of tourist crowds that visit each day.

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of live artistry on exhibition, and later regretted not commissioning one of the portrait artists that walk around offering their services, or quietly wait with sketchbook in hand, ready for those in search of a self or group portrait.

It was equally enjoyable watching some of these adept craftspeople, as they produce quite miraculous artwork in a really short amount of time. Sipping my coffee from a sunny outdoor seating area, delivered by the extremely tourist-friendly waiter from La Bohème du Tertre on the corner, gave me an excellent vantage point, granting a full view of the square. Of the portraiture I observed, most pieces appeared to be completed in a matter of minutes (and for a very reasonable price I might add).

Many visitors from all over the world come here to relive the artistic magic of Montmartre during its heyday in the late 19th and early 20th century, when the likes of Spanish cubist master, Picasso, and the ingenious Dutch post-impressionist, Van Gogh, were just some of the international residents living in the neighborhood.

Despite it being a tourist hive in modern times, there are still plenty of enticing designs to add to your imaginative palette.

How to get there:
It is easiest to get to Place du Tertre via the Montmartrobus, which runs every 10 minutes or so from Pigalle metro station right up to the summit of the hill, stopping outside the Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, mere seconds from the square. The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is only a brief stroll away, as is the Montmartre Museum, along with the largest permanent collection of Dalinian sculptures in all of France at the Espace Dalí exhibit.