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That many of art history’s biggest names lived, studied and worked in Paris is no secret. What’s less well known is that you needn’t fight the crowds at the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay or Centre Pompidou to enjoy their work and learn more about their lives. Instead, you can head straight to the site of their greatest artistic achievements: their homes and studios.
The Musée de la Vie Romantique, which is tucked down a cobbled alleyway in the bustling 9th arrondissement, is housed in the former home of the Dutch painter Ary Scheffer. The museum’s displays are split between his work, the writings and artefacts of novelist and memoirist George Sand (real name Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin), and the visions and ideals of the Romantic movement. Everyone from Delacroix and Chopin to Liszt and Dickens spent a Friday evening or two being entertained in this house and it’s a must-visit for anyone interested in Paris’ enduring appeal for creative minds.