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"Meet La Grisette!" Canal Saint Martin Tip by CatherineReichardt

Canal Saint Martin, Paris: 18 reviews and 34 photos

  La Grisette, Canal St Martin, Paris
by CatherineReichardt

La Grisette is a charming sculpture in Jardin Jules Ferry, which is one of the string of parks which overlie the tunnel linking Canal St Martin with Place de la Bastille.

If the poodle hairdo and raised skirt look like an illustration by Toulouse-Lautrec, then that's because that's exactly the era she's evoking. A 'grisette' is a term for an independent, working class woman who often engaged in liaisons with artists and other bohemian types. This statue was sculpted by Jean Descomps in 1909, and was placed in the area that would historically have been frequented by the original grisettes.

Address: Bordered by Quai de Valmy & Quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris
Directions: Between Rue la Fayette & Rue du Faubourg du Temple
Phone: +33 1 42 39 15 00

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2013
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