Between 1860 and 1920, Montmartre was a hotbed of unprecedented artistic ferment. This Parisian quarter had fallen under the spell of freedom. Its cafés resounded with the dissenting voices of the Impressionists; light-footed dancers at the Moulin Rouge inspired the drawings of Toulouse-Lautrec, while Renoir captured the freshness of its young girls with his sensual brushwork. It was there that Seurat first applied his precepts of scientific painting, and the walls of its streets were enlivened by Bonnard's Nabi posters. Montmartre saw Van Gogh learn to brighten his palette and infuse every brush stroke with the indelible stamp of his own temperament. It saw Cézanne pursue his solitary quest beyond the limits of the visible. Van Dongen set his paintings ablaze with Fauve colours, and the young Pablo Picasso permanently revolutionize modern art, leading his fellow artists down the road to deconstruction. There the Futurists came with their outspoken manifestos calling for the destruction of the museum, while Modigliani searched relentlessly for some reflection of his inner soul in the faces of his models. These great figures were followed by others, Gen Paul and young painters such as Elisée Maclet, Alphonse Quizet, and Lucien Genin, who were faithful guardians of the Montmartre landscape tradition, and continued to celebrate the undying magic of this exceptional place.
A graduate in both Art History and Fine Arts, Sytvle Buisson is the author of La vie et l'œuvre de Foujita published by ACR. together with the first catalogue raisonné of his work. She lives in Montmartre in an old studio that used to be part of the Chat Noir literary cabaret. She has organized numerous exhibitions, including; Foujita, centenaire de sa naissance (1986), and Les Ateliers de Pascin et de ses amis (1993) at the Musée du Vieux Montmartre, and Montmartre et les peintres (1994) at the Takasaki Museum in Japan. She has also written many books including Danses et danseurs en peinture and Les peintres de Notre-Dame de Paris published by Conti, Montmartre vu par les peintres published by Vilo, and Paris vu par les peintres published by Edita.
Historian and art critic Christian Pari sot has published several books on the life and work of Amedeo Modigliani. including Modigliani, published by Terrail, and the first three volumes of the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s work. Professor at the Institut d'Arts Visuels in Orléans, he has also organized various events, lectures and exhibitions on Amedeo Modigliani and the School of Paris for major museums around the world.