La butte aux cailles, literally, the partridge hill, is a neighbourhood in the southwest of Paris. It was a blue collar neighbourhood in the 19th century, and still retains many of the cute old, 18-19th century buildings.
Wouldn’t mind buying a flat there. 🙂
It has become a haven for street art in Paris in recent years.
In 1783, la butte aux cailles was the landing site of the first manned flight ever in a montgolfière (balloon), “driven” by Pilâtre du Rosier. They took off in the 16th arrondissement, northwest of the Seine, flew south-east to La butte aux cailles in 20 minutes. Takes longer now in car or metro…
Sadly, much street art is quickly defaced. Take a minute to read.
Le temps est un serial qui leurre… Time is a serial that lures… play-on-words on “qui leurre” (misleads or lures) which is pronounced “killer”. Miss Tic (born in 1956) is a talented French street art artist. The nickname “Mistic” is very important for our family. Those are for you, Mistic.
A power box. Artist would be Moyoshi?
The little boy jumping into the wall is a recurring theme.
Detail of a great artist I could not identify. Allow me to again express my views on street art. Of course there are tags, of course, often private property is defaced, BUT, the crafst(wo)manship of many is top quality. Not anyone can draw/paint such a quality work as above. Compare the detail:
With its inspiration:
Klimt at Atelier des lumières, Paris, 2018.
“Come dance with me”. (Just made it up.) 🙂
No need to translate is there?
Do you recognize the artist? (same as above)
Red door and white flowers. See Jagger/Richards for details.
Power (bird) box.
To get to Butte-aux-cailles, take line 6, Nation par Denfert-Rochereau, stop at Corvisart and walk up the hill. You can grab lunch easily in one or the other bistro. Then take line 6 again, direction Nation, pass Place d’Italie and stop at Nationale. Another impressive display of street art. Building tall. Neat.
Les beaux yeux. Pretty eyes. Wot? Not street art? Anything on the street is art. (Or so I say)
Les yeux posés. Hmmm. A tough translation. Eyes set? (On something).
The rest is easier: “Open your eyes”, by Jef Aérosol.
The ancient Greeks had isolated three major concepts:
Le beau, le bien, le vrai. Unlike many binary human concepts (yin/yang, good/bad, true/false) it is a tertiary concept. You can use it as a grid to “read” the world. Is that good? Is that true? Is that beautiful?
In the current world state of affairs, keep your eyes open for Beauty, Truth and Good.
Thank you for flying Equinoxio. May you have a beautiful week.
123 thoughts on “Street art Paris.”
Thank you. Beauty will us to Truth and to Good. (Hopefully)
J’adore ! 😍
Merci. 🙂 It was a nice walk in the streets of old Paris with new art.
Paris has some very interesting artists that are always changing the appearance of the city☺️
Yes, a few “locals.” I always find it interesting that the street art in Bogotá is different from Mexico, different from Paris or other places. I know or think they keep an eye on each other, but styles vary.
You are so right and graffitis are an amazing way to take care about cities! 😊
You take us to areas of Paris we don’t usually see as tourists, thank you. The juxtaposition of the street art with Kilmt’s Judith is wonderful.
Pleasure Libre. Actually I didn’t know that place either, and I do know most of Paris inside and out. Saw it on another blogger’s post. Inquired, then went on my next trip.
About Klimt, I had another picture of Klimt from the Atelier des lumières the street painting was based on, but couldn’d find it in my files. Went to the next best. Hope all is well with you? (Job hunting? A few leads?)
Still looking, thanks for asking! A sign of the times perhaps that there are so many temporary contracts and so few permanent posts. In my pre-child days but not now.
Instability is the name of the game that is being played now. Sigh. Don’t worry. Patience, keep trying. You will find something to your liking. 🙂
Un beau coin pour aller se reposer de la Place d’Italie !
Merci, beau voyage, Brieuc.
Pas de quoi Gilles. Tout va bien chez toi?
Ça va plutôt bien par ici ! Il a même fait chaud aujourd’hui … au soleil. Demain, je vais débarrasser une partie du b… que mon père a laissé, une autre paire de manches !
Bel après-midi à toi, Brieuc.
Bon courage. On trouve parfois des trésors dans ces b…azars… 😉
Plus de 2 mètres cubes de débarrasser et j’ai rapporté : une patère, deux grosses vis, un litre d’acide, deux bobines de ficelle … Il est vrai que je n’ai pas encore touché au plus sensible.
Bel après-midi, Brieuc.
Les vis et la ficelle c’est toujours utile. 😉
Do you use the street art app? Or you make your own routes to see the street art…j’adore ☺️🤓 smiles Hedy 😀
I don’t. I make my own route. Been walking the streets anywhere for more than 50 years… 🙂 might as well go on. What I have started to do in Paris is to “Boogle” general areas where there might be street art, then take the tube.
Glad you liked it Hedy. Be good.
You can add your images to the app so when people visit Paris they can also see them…it’s great to see for sure Brian ☺️🤓 thank you 😀 it’s snowing ❄️ I’m watching the Crown 🤓
An interesting app. I’ll look it up.
Snow, snow… Cabin fever…
Is “The Crown” any good? (It seems to me like I already know the story…)
Ah, you have the eyes and the heart to seek out beauty truth and goodness, and to share with others, thank you.
My pleasure my dear. 🙂
I realized only a few years ago, looking at the Seine, in front of Notre-Dame, that I’d been looking for Beauty till the end of the world (almost) while It had been there in Paris all the time. 😉 Silly me.
Yes, in those days when Truth and Good are in peril, Beauty can be a salvation.
Thanks for the visit and comment.
Wonderful street art! Fabulous, thank you!
Thought you might like it my dear… 🙂
Loved it. Wonderful street art. I would love to be there and see everything in real time but your photographs were outstanding, so vivid. Thank you.
Thank you my friend. That’s – for me – the pleasure of these posts. If readers feel transported there, then it worked… 🙂
It worked. 🙂 Definitely.
Encore de très belle photos dans un quartier pittoresque de Paris !
belles ! (c’est mieux avec un S)
Really like the Klimt-inspired ones – the crackle and the patterns and design all stand out.
And each art selection is so interesting – I wonder the stories of how they came to do what they do – and when you give us details like the bits about Mis Tic norm in ’56 – well makes one wonder the stories!!
and that defaced one is truly sad with the depiction – seems like someone’s very personal and tragic story – or it might have been a message to stop that stuff in an overall context/ hmmm –
Yes, each work tells a story. Which is why Art is so important. Tells us stories. Think of a Van Dijk portrait early 1600’s. Dark background and clothes, a white lace collar and cuffs. Who was this gentleman? This lady? what was their name? 🙂
Miss Tic came as a surprise (Good thing about Boogle, quick and clean research) I thought she was much younger. (My little sister was born in ’56). But glad to know she was wellrecognized as an artist and could make a living of her art.
And the message/story? Maybe personal and/or overall. Fact is, we need to put an end to all that boiling violence…
Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂
You mentioned Boogle in the post and again now – it is new to me – need to check it out
Haha! Don’t hold your breath. “Boogle” is just a play-on-word, a contraction between Google and Bing. (I don’t like the power Google is gaining from all the zillions keystrokes every second over the entire world. ‘cept China) 🙂
Check out “duck duck go”
And while I don’t like the power of the big G- they usually are the very best! And my hubs fav…
However – recently they changed their programming again and this time interferes with alternative health site options – I am so so so sad too because some of the very alternative health websites that helped me heal from an “undiagnoseable” condition are now harder to access – and sad for folks who want these options – anyhow – right after the change I could not find one of the sites and went into duck duck go search engine and found it immediately – whew
So the big G rocks and has provided a lot of services in exchange for owning us – but has flaws and has dangers
Looked up Duckduck. Interesting.
Sorry about the re-programming. Did you write down the names of the alternative sites?
A few years ago, after I sold my Market research firm, I still worked as a consultant and used Google Trends as an analysis tool, cross referencing with other data. Just think Google has kept track of every single word search for years, all over the world. You can track Coca Cola and run it across Ad expenditures. Or sales. Very powerful.
That is just the problem. No power should be concentrated in one hand. That’s why they invented checks and balances…
Yes – very much fun need of checks and balances and interesting about the word search.
And yes – I did write down the sites – but in an old journal and it is in a box – but I will get it if needed – and it was not because the site I wanted came right up with my “key word” –
But I guess sites like dr. Axe and marks daily apple and dr Mark Hyman and dr Sircus (alternative hacks galore) have been hit hard with the changes – and maybe bulletproof blog – either way –
On the flip side – so feel as if google keeps us safe and then last month overheard a health coach mention that google “fairies” make videos for him and he was super grateful –
AS long as you know where to find the sites’ address. I confess I know nothing about the sites you mention. I don’t inquire much into the alternative. Let’s hope Google does implement safety nets… Cheers
cheers – ((and just saw a new equinoxio21 post arrive in my reader – looking forward to checking out your latest street art – be by later and TTYS))
Borrowed street art. From Flavia Vinci, who’s been travelling in South America and found great street art in Montevideo. (Never remember whether it’s Uruguay – I think – or Paraguay…)
I love looking through your window on the world!!
Thank you Liz. I’ve always though that if if we two eyes, might as well use them. 😉
I LOVE street art … so much talent! You chose a great collection! If only I could draw … sigh.
I don’t really play (much) music. I leave that to others… 🙂 And enjoy their work.
Fantastic as always Brian!
Some ugly old places can be pepped up by street artists. I am always amazed how they can paint such a huge painting in scale.( Hope I have written this correctly).
Correctly? Of course. You always do. And I agree with you “Sis”, how can they paint in scale on the side of a ten-fifteen storey tall buliding? Blows my mind. (I already have enough trouble with scale on a A4 drawing/painting.)
And yes, street art is giving life back to ugly abandoned places. 🙂
I can’t even draw a stick man!😵😵
LOL. That’s why they invented cameras and you use yours very well.
An area that I have earmarked for our next Paris visit (we love Paris). “Paint it black” is on our play list, but it would not be the first thing I would think about when seeing that pretty entrance. 😉
LOL. Paint it black is definitely on my list too. Springs to my mind when I see a red door. 😉
BUtte-auc-cailles and Metro Nationale are worth a visit. Now bear in mid that any area such as Butte-aux-cailles with lots of street art can be… ugly in places. Too much tagging and over-tagging. (I made a selection of course) But the overall feeling is pleasant.
We had similar places in Hamburg, my home town. In Paris, when I was young, there was a place called “La République” where all the avangardists and students etc. lived. I wonder what that will be like nowadays …
Oh, you’re from Hamburg. A very good German friend of mine is too. Our common friend Paul Bell did a post on Hamburg street art some time ago.
République is still there in Paris. A place for protests and meetings. Gets tagged more often than not unfortunately… 🙂
When I was a teenager, in the late sixties, early seventies, street art was still called Graffiti and not very much accepted. But there was one stretch of underground (above ground though) that was plastered with the most wonderful works of art between three stations. Otherwise there would only have been boring grey walls. My husband and I found an impressive collection of Graffiti/Street art in abandoned productions halls in Aalborg.
Yeah in those days it was called graffiti. 🙂 Only recently has it been upgraded to (street) art. I also imagine then it was much of an alternative scene?
Did you post your Aalborg find?
Yes, you will find it here: https://birgitdiestarkeblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/28/die-voellig-andere-seite-einer-stadt-the-completely-different-side-of-a-city/
Beauty, truth, and good. Concepts we could all be reminded of in this day and age.
Mistic has been meaningful to me ever since you introduced her to me and I saw her all over Paris on my trips. Thank you.
Happy “hump” day as some call it here.
When I reread about the Greek philosophers I wonder whether the past 2500 years have been in vain. 🙂
Hump day? Had to look it up. Wednesday… 🙂 Yes it is the hardest day of the week. Only 2 more days of work to go. (One for some) 😉
(Thank you Jenny)
One for me. Off fridays!
Yep. So your hump day would be like Tuesday nigth? 🙂
Ha. I guess so.
It’s the busy time of year getting ready for Colin’s birthday and thanksgiving and Xmas of course.
Yes, of course. I keep forgetting Colin’s birthday. Terrible with dates. Happy birthday Colin! ❤
It’s day after thanksgiving this year.
So will you have two celebrations?
Brilliant. I just had a similar thought recently: beauty is truth, truth beauty. (Of course, a poet said that before. But which one? I’d need to google it.) And where is truth? In between and all around. You make me want to do just the stroll you propose.
To the Ancient Greeks, the three concepts were linked. You could not have Good without Truth. Truth could not be without Beauty, etc. It’s a good “reading” grid to me. Is that True? Is that Good? Is that Beautiful?
Do take the stroll…
“Boogle” is just a play-on-word, a contraction between Google and Bing. (I don’t like the power Google is gaining from all the zillions keystrokes every second over the entire world. ‘cept China) 🙂
Clever portmanteau. And yes, Google is now a Goliath and still growing.
Portmanteau? I hadn’t heard that in a while. (Also has a very different meaning in French) 🙂
Glad it caught your attention.
Now Google? Their self-appointed mission is to “organize the world’s information”… Really? Who gave them that mission? 😉
Absolutely. When you acquire power, I believe, you can do anything. Might is right. And what does that word mean in French? A piece of luggage?
A porte-Manteau is a coat hanger. Why it took that meaning in English, beats me. 🙂
Languages can be odd:-)
Definitely. But that is why they are so fascinating aren’t they?
Fir milenge Alakananda. 😉
(No guarantee on the spelling)
Especially love ht #Ckeja piece. Very complex! Shame to see it partially defaced.
Agreed. It is a powerful piece. Might be just an impression, but it seemed to me street art in Paris this year was much more defaced than before. 😦
We’ll see next year.
Once again, you made your stories so interesting through photographs.
Kam siah Kally. The photos dictate the story. The words come out easily once I organize the images. And it’s a pleasure that they reach many corners of the globe.
Take care my friend. (How’s the little princess? And the driving?)
No longer driving. Still prefer to be chauffeured around. Lol! Little princess is getting older hence I’m spending more time coaching and teaching her.
LOL indeed. I too don’t drive much anymore. Gave up my car a few years away. Use UBER. Muuuch easier… And I can imagine you enjoy the time with your princess. (Did I tell you we have a new grandaughter? month & 1/2) (I probably did, but sometimes I get confused…)
Lol! Yes, you did tell me about your family’s latest addition. Still enjoying diaper changing?
Haha! Haven’t had the chance yet. 😉 The little Princess is still very little, not even 2 months old yet, and breast-fed. So her parents don’t leave her with us yet. All in due time… Have a nice week-end Peng Yu.
Ah such difficult times. I still can remember the nightly feeds that turned me in zombies.
Yeah. My daughter is like a zombie lately…
Send my love to her and the baby.
Thank you. I will.
I’m in love.
Buy a ticket. They make’em cheap these days. (Though I would wait for April-May to get a better light)
Thanks for the visit. And comment.
A nice collection, Brian. I don’t recognise the artist, but those pieces are extraordinarily detailed. Couldn’t agree more that, even if you don’t like street art on principle, the skill and creativity is quite amazing – regardless of whether it is covering the side of a building or is postcard-sized. Another reminder to return to Paris soon…
I won’t forget that you introduced me to street art. There was a post in Holland, with the figure of a king of hearts or spades, and I sort of clicked… Thank you my friend. (And do return to Paris, but in the Spring. Nicer.)
I’m glad my ‘obsession’ with street art had a positive side! Once you ‘notice’ street art, it’s hard not to see it everywhere in the urban landscape. I like that about it, ever present but easy to overlook.
Agreed. With the advantage that I carry my “camera” (i.e. Iphone) in my back pocket all the time. So if an opportunity presents itself… Click-Clack.
Thanks for a wonderful flight 🙂 it’s good to call it street art – here in US, we associate graffitti with gangs & danger, not street art…
True. I originally thought about it as tags. And lot of it is… But over the last 5-10 years, street art has developed into a true art. Great artists paint with great talent. I personally think that after the dead end 20th century art went to, street art is a renewal of art as a representation.
Such a lovely way to put it. Here artists are hired by cities on occassion…
Increasingly in many cities. Paris too. There are many beautiful murals near Metro Nationale in the Southwest of Paris…
Gorgeous, creative, and thought-provoking. Way to showcase the work of others!
Hi Julia. Good to see you. 🙂 Street art is my favorite new form of art. I think it has enormous potential to unleash Art from the Dead End Modern Art had left it… Hope all is well with you?
All good here, thanks! Hope the same for you!
Working on it. 🙂 We’re going to Tulum end of year. Do you have any plans?
That sounds lovely! Never been. How’s your family? I’ll have a quiet, cozy holiday with my folks in WA. I got Christmas off from work this year!
In your line of work, those are precious “wins”. 🙂 Merry Christmas, Julia. Feliz Navidad.
Une belle façon de découvrir paris 😉
Ah ben on essaye… 😉
The second pic look animated! I think it’s so cool!👍🏻
Second pic, second pic… the buildings or the third pic?
Very interesting art!
That was an unknown area of Paris to me. Had never been there. learned about in another blog. And went on the next trip… 🙂
this is so amazing ♥️
Street art is the rebirth of Art as I see it… Thanks for the visit and comment… take care
Beautifully lush photographs Brian!
Thank you Coeur de Feu. Street art is exploding. As new avenue of representation, it is reviving Art. Love it. Anywhere. (Have a great week)
It is truly exploding with beauty. Great photographs! Have a wonderful week.
I love that we both have written about La Butte-aux-Cailles but we do not have any of the same pieces of street art!! There are so many beautiful murals and paste-ups there it is so difficult to choose what to post! I love the Seth_theglobepainter one you decided to post.
True. Not on this post. The Seth kids I posted a while ago in another post. I also saw a David Selor near les Halles. Yet another post. Also good pieces by Mystic. 🙂 La butte-aux-cailles is a haven for street art. I’ll probably go back next summer. (We go to Paris once a year)
Right now, I’ll go back to your post to look at it with all due time. Cheers.
It most certainly is that! This was the first time I have been there and now I will never be able to go to Paris without going there. Merci beaucoup!
Pas de quoi. Bon week-end. 🙂