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A large contributor to the nostalgic atmosphere of Paris is the number of iconic people who lived in the city, from great writers and philosophers like Voltaire and Aimé Césaire, famed musicians such as Maria Callas and Édith Piaf, to scientists like Pierre and Marie Curie. Walking through the streets of Paris you cannot help but feel inspired by the historical figures that also once roamed the avenues and laneways of this extraordinary city.
Much of the work of Paris’ celebrated residents can be visited in its many museums; step into the world-renowned Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the National Museum of Modern Art, and the Petit Palais—all of which are replete with a range of masterful works from the likes of Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin, and pieces that date back to Classical antiquity.
Located in the historic Hotel Salé, built in 1659, the Picasso Museum in Paris is dedicated to the work of the Spanish surrealist, Pablo Picasso, who spent some of his most prolific years living in the ‘City of Light’. Housing paintings such as, Olga in an Armchair, and sculptures like, La guenon et son petit, the collection at this museum provides a diverse sampling of this great artist's work.
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