Bohemian Paris

By Viator, April 2014

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Does the idea of whiling away a day in a Parisian cafe sound heavenly to you? Then thank the Bohemians of Paris for the ability to do so!

There is some well-intentioned disagreement as to when Bohemian Paris actually existed. The “father” of Bohemianism, Henri Murger, and his Cafe Momus were in the original Bohemian world of the 1840s. This world consisted of fairly well-off men who chose to live the life of impoverished artists who exchanged ideas over glasses of water in the cafes of the Latin Quarter.

Later in the 19th century came the next wave of Bohemians, who were a bit more excessive in their vices, and who included more of the literary and artistic stars we know of today – the Realism school of painting was practically birthed in the home of Gustave Courbet himself.

The culture spread from the Latin Quarter to Montmartre as well, and continued as a carefree alternative to conventional life until the outbreak of World War I. But it left behind generations of followers and fans who have sought that lifestyle; from La Bohème to Rent, from Bobo (Bourgeois et Bohème) to SoPi (South Pigalle) to NoMa (North Marais), the Bohemian Paris of the past can still be found.

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