From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Left Bank is one of the city's most romantic districts. This is the Paris of another era; the Paris of Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and dozens of other members of the great artistic community at Montparnasse.
More than simply a geographical region, the Left Bank has become a name for a particular style of life, fashion, or "look". Some of its famous streets are the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Boulevard Saint-Michel, and the Rue de Rennes.