Arts Everyday Living: At Home with Artists–From Monet’s Garden to Van Gogh’s Townhouse

 

 

THROUGH AN ARTIST’S EYES

AT HOME WITH MONET, VAN GOGH AND OTHER ARTISTS

 

Tomorrow I will be presenting the second class of a three part series on my book Through an Artist’s Eyes: Leaning to Live Creatively. We will be discussing how we can transform, what we might ordinarily consider as mundane activities of daily living, into creative routines. In addition, we will be reassessing our personal surroundings and how to enrich them, including the interiors of our rooms as well as  outside areas such as our gardens and yards. Utilizing the visions of  favorite artists–or artistic companions–as our inspirational guides.

Sometimes artists have allowed us to view their homes, from the blue-gray shutters house of French Impressionist Claude Monet, looking out onto his sumptuous garden of dahlias,

 

Claude Monet (1840-1926), The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias), 1873, oil on canvas, Gift of Janice H. Levin in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

to Vincent van Gogh’s two storied yellow and green townhouse on a corner of a street near the railroad station (with an arriving train) in Arles.

 

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), The Yellow House (The Street), Arles, September, 1888, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Netherlands

 

Although, Monet’s friend and fellow Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte only allows us a peak from his balcony in Paris.

 

Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894), View Seen from a Balcony, Paris, 1880, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (*see below for rest of credit)

 

In contrast to American Impressionist John H. Twachtman who shares a moment with his wife and children.

 

John H. Twachtman (1853-1902), On the Terrace, ca. 1890-1900, oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 30 1/8 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Gift of John Gellatly

 

*Gustave Caillebotte, View Seen from a Balcony, Paris, 1880, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam ( purchased with support from the VriendenLoterij, the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, the Mondrian Fund, the Rembrandt Association with additional support from the Cultuufondg and the VSB fonds), Netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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