There is nothing quite like walking in the footsteps of famous historical figures, an experience all the more awe-inspiring when you visit their former one. houses. It’s especially exciting to see where artists now considered geniuses once retired to be mere mortals, and there’s a good chance some of your favorite works of art were created under that same roof. .
Below, Beautiful House has compiled a list of old houses turned into museums that you can visit to learn more about the life and times of famous artists, including the former residences of Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet, Jackson pollock, Salvador Dali, Frederic Leighton, Edward Hopper, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Frédéric Edwin Church.
Salvador Dalí House-Museum, Portlligat, Catalonia, Spain
Located in the village of Portlligat, Catalonia, Spain, the Salvador Dalí House-Museum is where the famous surrealist artist lived from 1930 to 1982. The most remarkable design element of this abode is absolutely the many large egg sculptures on the roof, which is probably a nod to Dalí’s obsession with eggs. Needless to say, we’ve never seen them used as a backdrop before!
Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
Sometimes called the Blue House, the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, Mexico, this is where the famous artist was born, in 1907, and it is also there that she died, in 1954. Kahlothe husband and artist colleague of Diego Rivera also lived here, and today, works of both Kahlo and Rivera are on display in this historic house.
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton, New York
East Hampton’s Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center was once the home of famous artist Jackson Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner. The couple lived here from 1945 to 1956, when Pollock died in a car accident. Today, the quaint shingle-style house is a National Historic Landmark that is part of the Stony Brook Foundation.
Leighton House Museum, London, England
One of the more opulent homes on this list is the Leighton House Museum in London, England, where artist Frederic Leighton lived and was built by architect and designer George Aitchison. The resulting structure took almost 30 years to build, spanning the years 1866 to 1895.
Claude Monet’s house, Giverny, France
The picturesque gardens of the Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France, are what inspired the famous Water lilies painting, as well as hundreds of other works. Can’t make it to France? Don’t worry, there is a virtual tour of the house on its website.
Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center, Nyack, New York
Located in Nyack, New York, the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center is both an art center and a historic home. Hopper was born here in 1882 and lived there until 1910 when he moved to New York City. But he owned this house until his death in 1967. The original structure of the dwelling was a work of Greek Revival architecture, and it later hosted a Queen Anne style addition.
Renoir Museum, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, this is where Pierre-Auguste Renoir lived from his birth in 1841 until his death in 1919. This residence offers a panoramic view of the Côte d’Azur and lush landscaping galore, so we can certainly see why the famous artist painted so many houses in the surrounding area during his career.
Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, New York
Built in 1872, Olana State Historic Site is a gem of Hudson, New York, which once housed the landscape painter Frédéric Edwin Church. Located on 250 acres, this historic home boasts a mix of design influences, including Victorian architecture and Middle Eastern inspired interiors.
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