Page D1.1 . 19 February 2003                     
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Art Life Paris

by Christian Horn

Paris has long had a deep relationship with the lives and work of its artists. The city has been both home and inspiration to some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries and to thousands more seeking such fame. Still, many greats and near-greats spend a lot of time searching for affordable working and living spaces.

To maintain its cultural reputation, to help a few artists, and to take some pressure off steadily rising rents, the Cultural Department of the City of Paris owns and rents out a small number of art studios. The department builds new studios throughout Paris whenever it can.

One new building, comprising four studios and six apartments, was recently finished in the 18th arrondissement in the north of Montmartre and Sacre Coeur. It is part of a redevelopment project that includes new apartment buildings, a school, an office building, and a public square.   >>>

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A building of combined apartments and studios for Parisian artists designed by architects Pascal Quéré and Guy Vaughan.
Photo: Stéphan Lucas

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Typical high-ceilinged studio.
Photo: Stéphan Lucas


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