Live Virtual Tour of Paris: Montparnasse – An Artist's Playground with Gil Soltz

Live Virtual Tour of Paris: Montparnasse – An Artist's Playground with Gil Soltz


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Can't make this time? A video recording will be sent to all participants after the seminar.

Join a local Parisian expert, broadcasting live from the streets of the Montparnasse district, as we reveal a psycho-geography that was home to some of the greatest twentieth-century modern artists. Our live, visual narrative will start near the Paris catacombs and new Liberation Museum buildings, reveal beautiful hidden streets where many artists still live and work, and share the popular cafes and well-known names whose creations defined an era and influenced generations.

The Paris avant-garde lived in and around the neighborhood of Montmartre until the First World War when many of their new ideas continued to grow out of an unwillingness to conform to tradition. Art schools concentrated in Montparnasse began to emerge to support them. In the 1920s artists like Henry Miller, Marc Chagall, Hemingway, and Giacometti took part in a Montparnasse cafe society that talked in about art, culture, and politics. This was where poets, painters, and performers broached the limits of art and planned exhibitions, wrote magazines, and became publishers to honor and promote their thoughts on how they should live and create.

Led by expert fiction writer, Gil Soltz, this virtual tour will give us a chance to recall a creative period that was every bit as electric and more eclectic than Montmartre. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a new source of inspiration and beauty from a city that continues to shine and give life to art.

This virtual tour is part of an extended series by Gil Soltz. Each virtual tour can be joined independently and in any order.

A native of San Diego, Gil graduated in Politics and English from Brandeis University and later earned two Master's degrees: the first in Public Administration from New York University, and the second a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. After earning his MFA and producing his first book, Gil moved to Paris for a Parisienne and hasn't looked back. For over a decade Gil has lived, written, worked, and led tours in Paris. His background in literature - both canonized and contemporary - combined with his understanding of the inner workings of cities have enabled Gil to tell his narratives as experiences and provide unique insights into Parisian life.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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G.S. (Carpinteria, US)
Great tour of Montparnasse

Interesting blend of historical facts re artists,authors and architecture in the beautiful Montparnasse.Gil was amazing

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M. (Silver Spring, US)
Montparnasse, in essence

Virtual tours bring such immediacy. Combined with Gil's commentary, this one shone. Loved returning here vicariously, and learning many new things. Architecture info was a bonus

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J.R. (Voorhees Township, US)
Another Great Tour from Gil !

Great walking tour of "out of the mainstream" areas of Montparnasse....Gil is a fantastic guide...knowledgeable & entertaining

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Roberta (Washingtonville, US)
Montparnasse

Gil provides and insightful tour with lots of energy.

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Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Another great journey through Paris

As always, Gil's live tour of Montparnasee was excellent. Really enjoyed the more laid back neighborhood that we visited.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
100%
(5)
0%
(0)
0%
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0%
(0)
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G
G.S. (Carpinteria, US)
Great tour of Montparnasse

Interesting blend of historical facts re artists,authors and architecture in the beautiful Montparnasse.Gil was amazing

M
M. (Silver Spring, US)
Montparnasse, in essence

Virtual tours bring such immediacy. Combined with Gil's commentary, this one shone. Loved returning here vicariously, and learning many new things. Architecture info was a bonus

J
J.R. (Voorhees Township, US)
Another Great Tour from Gil !

Great walking tour of "out of the mainstream" areas of Montparnasse....Gil is a fantastic guide...knowledgeable & entertaining

R
Roberta (Washingtonville, US)
Montparnasse

Gil provides and insightful tour with lots of energy.

C
Carl Ballard (Pittsburgh, US)
Another great journey through Paris

As always, Gil's live tour of Montparnasee was excellent. Really enjoyed the more laid back neighborhood that we visited.