5 Famous Paintings Inspired by Real Places

5 Pinturas Famosas Inspiradas em Lugares Reais

Life imitates art? It is true! Few people know that, in some cases, it is possible to visit the places that inspired the most iconic works of art in history. Discover the five works of art inspired by real life here.

1. Vincent's Starry NightVan Gogh(Arles, France).
Most of Vincente Van Ggh's works were painted from the observation of landscapes. The Starry Night painting was created with elements from the memory ofVan Gogh. This interest in the landscape began after the asylum in Provence. In that period, he broke with his impressionist phase, presenting a very characteristic and own style, in which strong primary tones such as yellow predominated. Today, this is one of the best known and most celebrated paintings in the world, but it was once simply a composition of a starry night, about 150m from Casa Amarela, the artist's residence in Arles.

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2.Café Terrace at Night by VincentVan Gogh(Arles, France).
The French city of Arles was home to VincentVan Goghfor over a year. In this painting a night scene is portrayed, in whichVan Goghuses perspective to draw the viewer's eye towards the café, Terraço do Café. The composition presents two sources of light: the natural one – coming from the stars – and the artificial one – coming from the coffee shop, which merge together. The coffee features numerous shades of yellow that contrast beautifully with the various shades of blue.

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3. Water Lilies by Claude Monet (Giverny, France).
The landscape portrayed is the painter's own garden, in Giverny, France. Claude Monet moved to this town northwest of Paris with his family in 1883 and acquired this property seven years later. This is a work that beautifully represents the Impressionist period. Painted in 1899, the canvas measures 93cmx74cm and immortalized the idyllic nature of this magnificent garden.

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4. Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth (Cushing, Maine).
American artist Andrew Wyeth represented the tragic realism of the United States, from its homes, roads, stations, to its people. His pieces created an endless debate about the nature of modernism. In Christina's World, Andrew Wyeth portrays Anna Christina Olson, a woman who suffered from polio, which paralyzed her leg movements. Andrew Wyeth, who had a holiday home in the area, saw the girl in the country one day, which inspired him to paint. The house painted on canvas, the Olson House, is located in Cushing, Maine, and is now a national heritage site, having been restored to resemble the image with which Wyeth immortalized it.

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5.American Gothic by Grant Wood (Eldon, Iowa).
In the summer of 1930, Grant Wood visited Eldon in Lowa and there he saw a small white cabin, Dibble House located 100 miles from Des Moines. The painter thought it was “pretentious” for such a humble house to have a “gothic carpenter” window on the second floor, so he sketched the house in an envelope. Inspired by the window that reminded him of the cathedrals he saw in Europe during his travels, Wood placed his completely American inspiration, in a “striking frontal plane” that recalls the art of the Renaissance of the Netherlands. A fantastic combination of the two cultures that brought this painting a great success.

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