Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec shifted his attention to the Moulin Rouge, 82 Boulevard de Clichy, when the can‑can dancers became all the rage in the 1890s. Dozens of dancers still kick their booties to the rafters on the Moulin Rouge stage, the “greatest cabaret in the world.”
Steps away, rue Frochot, which runs between Place Pigalle and rue Victor Masse, was home to the Dihau family at number 6. Monsieur Désiré Dihau, the family patriarch, was a cousin of Toulouse-Lautrec. The artist designed and illustrated the covers of published new songs by Désiré Dihau, who was a bassoonist with the Paris Opera
Orchestra. Toulouse-Lautrec painted his portrait at least twice. Edgar Degas also painted M. Dihau.
Toulouse-Lautrec was a frequent visitor their third floor flat at number 6, rue Frochot, a small cream-colored building, now with a theater at street level.
Toulouse-Lautrec’s last art studio was at number 15 ave. Frochot, a private tree-shaded cul-de-sac that takes its name from rue Frochat which is nearly parallel. Elaborate locked wrought iron and stained glass doors secure this enticing street with an artistic history.
Famous residents of the gated street (or its more travelled namesake – sources are difficult to verify) include Alexandre Dumas (père) and Apollonie Aglaé Sabatier, a friend of the poet Baudelaire. Victor Masse, the composer, died at number 1 ave. Frochot, which is partly visible from outside the secured gates.
Artists knocked on the door of the third and fourth floor studio-museum-apartment duplex at 37, rue Victor Masse just off ave. Trudaine. They sought the advice and approval of the master. His friends, the painters Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt, visited to discuss their evolving styles and exploration into other genres. Degas also regularly spent time with the Manet-Morisot family in Passy, then a suburb of Paris, now the 16th arrondissement.
Degas moved to number 6, Blvd. de Clichy, where he died September 26, 1917 at the age of 83. A short film of Edgar Degas walking in Paris in 1914 is available on YouTube.
Degas is buried in Montmartre Cemetery, (20, ave. Rachel or walk down the steps from rue Caulaincourt) in Division 4 along ave. Montebello, one of several streets inside the Cemetery.
Company there includes Zola, Berlioz, Offenbach, Heinrich Heine, the artist Fragonard and 20th c. film director Francois Truffaut.