Montmartre painters stand up to Paris town hall
Paris, June 26 (EFE) .- A municipal decree has sown discord on the place of painters in Paris. The Town Hall has changed the process of granting authorizations and its artists have decided to symbolically demonstrate with their best weapon: a blank canvas.
In the heart of Montmartre, on one side of the imposing Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the Plaça del Tertre presented this Saturday its usual appearance, among the terraces, tourists, painters and portrait painters, but the latter are not came as usual to work, but to express their dissatisfaction.
On their easels, their demands and demands have one day replaced their landscapes and portraits, to show the public that they are on strike, “in danger”, and that they are not merchants, but artists.
According to him, it is the identity of the place that is at stake. “It is a unique attraction in the world”, explains to EFE the Spaniard José Luis Leiva, painter and one of the representatives of the platform created to try to stop the modification in progress by the courts.
CHANGE OF RULES
Until now, the artists, who are divided between two each of the 139 places available, obtained their license after passing an exam at the School of Applied Arts in the city of Ivry and their renewal was tacit and automatic.
The new regulation, made public by the town hall on June 11, wants to apply from October a European decree of 2017 on the occupation and private use of the public domain for commercial purposes, which has not been applied for the moment in reason for exemptions. .
The new concessions modify the in-person examination for the presentation of a dossier, in which although seniority will add points, holding an official title will do the same, which not all current painters have because many are self-taught.
The elimination of 15 sites on a square almost entirely occupied by restaurant terraces, and the composition of the commission which will judge the works, which according to the painters is opaque, fuel a conflict which is in the hands of the administrative tribunal of Paris.
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