A Casual Voyeur’s Mini-Tour of Paris Through Art

There are reasons we fall in love with cities. Those who are luck enough to experience them firsthand get wrapped up in the sights, the smells, the sensations, or whatnot. Then there are the others, the voyeurs who haven’t been there yet, who spend hours squinting over the cities’ visual culture. Here’s one for the swooning, the dreaming, the superficially attracted, and the deeply in love. First stop: Paris, France. Let’s hop around some of the city’s definitive and iconic painting and photographs. Let’s happily wallow in that luscious Parisian propaganda that makes us our hearts beat faster, from a distance. Do you want to go to there? 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Le Moulin de la Galette, 1876. Courtesy Musée d’Orsay

Renoir’s bustling cafe in the Montmartre area in northern Paris looks like fun indeed. You can almost feel the warmth of the tree-shattered sun rays dancing over these dressed up ladies and gents, their cheeks pink from flirting and all that close up dancing and furtive snuggling. Oh, my. Olde school romance.