In the history of art, there is the artist, the art and the location it was created. The place where artists live can inspire and influence their work and their representation of the world. Today, Artalistic - one of the leading online art galleries – takes you on a tour of the 10 most beautiful and famous artists’ villas and other institutional locations dedicated to art.

Artists’ villas owned by some of the world’s most famous creators

Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France

In the spring of 1983, Claude Monet (1840-1926) moved to Giverny, Normandy. Some of his most beautiful paintings drew inspiration from the lush green landscape that surrounded his house. This iconic Impressionist painted his famous Water Lilies at his artist villa. This painting is presently on display at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. Claude Monet was passionate about plants; with the help of gardeners and landscapers, Monet made the garden of Giverny a place like no other, whose resplendent views takes visitors breath away to this today. The garden is brimming with stunning plants - weeping willows, roses, peonies, and, of course, water lilies! The interior of the house is also worth visiting, especially for the vivid colors and the light that emanates from the kitchen and the dining room. Feel free to take a virtual tour of this artist’s villa.

Gustave Moreau’s house in Paris, France

At the end of his life, the French painter, engraver, draughtsman and sculptor Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) reunited the majority of his paintings at this house located in Paris at 14 rue de La Rochefoucauld in the hopes of creating a museum dedicated to his work. He even decided to give up his studio on the second floor to make a larger viewing room for his gallery. The museum now houses several thousand paintings and drawings as well as fifteen sculptures. The magnificent spiral staircase that leads to the third floor of the house adds to the space’s sumptuous and mysterious aura.

Frida Kahlo’s artist villa in Mexico

If you’re an art lover and planning a visit to Mexico City, a trip to Frida Kahlo’s (1907-1954) house should be at the top of your list of things to do!  Frida’s Blue House, or Casa Azul, is located in the center of Coyoacan at 247 Calle de Londres. Frida lived most of her life in this breathtaking house. The elegant artist villa is painted with bright primary colors and is now a museum dedicated to this famous Mexican surrealist artist. A visit to Frida’s house allows you to delve into one of the most inspiring artists of the 20th century’s fascinating life story – a rich story filled with other famous figures of the time, including the love of her life, Diego Rivera, and the Russian communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky.

Salvador Dali’s house in Portlligat, Spain

Now our tour brings us to Spain where Salvador Dali’s (1904-1989) house is nestled along the Mediterranean coast. This fisherman's house - now a magnificent museum housing many of Dali’s artworks – served as his primacy space for living, working and socializing. This hidden treasure is like a mad man’s labyrinth tucked away on a hillside. Under the hot Spanish sun, the house overlooking a small beach becomes paradisiac. This artist villa in Cadaqués really gives you a glimpse into Dali’s unique, dreamlike world.

Auguste Rodin’s house in Meudon, France

Auguste Rodin spent the last 20 years of his life in Meudon with his wife Rose Beuret. From 1893 to the end of his life, he lived in the sumptuous Villa des Brillants, where he was also buried.  One of Rodin’s most famous sculptures, The Thinker, is placed at the entrance way to this vast house, almost as though he is watching over it. This artist villa has been transformed into a magnificent museum in homage of the sculptor. Here visitors can explore Rodin’s art and impressive gardens. The Plaster Gallery offers an immersive experience of Rodin’s art, illustrating the various stages of his creative process.

Auguste Renoir’s house in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

Auguste Renoir suffered from a lung disease and moved to the south of France in 1907, hoping that the dry climate and sun would improve his health. He decided to settle in Cagnes-sur-Mer near Nice at the Domaine des Collettes. He lived there with his wife until his death. This sumptuous Provencal-style residence was transformed into a museum in the 1960s and contains an extensive collection of Renoir’s art. It is surrounded by lush and intricately designed gardens.

Artist residency and exhibition locations

The Villa Médici in Rome, Italy

The Villa Médici in Rome is a cultural landmark. It was built around 1545 on Mount Pincio by Cardinal Giovanni Ricci di Montepulciano. It was designed by the architect Giovanni Lippi and his son Annibale Lippi. In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte transferred the French Academy to this location. Today, the Villa Médici welcomes artists and researchers in residence to allow them to learn from the art, the restoration of artworks and monuments.

The Villa Lena in Palaia, Tuscany, Italy

The Villa Lena is located in Palaia, Tuscany. Its 19th century villa was refurbished by the interior decorator Clarisse Demory. Today it serves as a luxury hotel and, much like the Villa Médici, hosts artists from all different creative backgrounds: painters, sculptors, musicians and writers.

The Villa Arson in Nice, France

The Villa Arson located in Nice, France was redesigned by the architect Michel Marot in 1972. Easily recognizable for its bright red façade, this building is an old XVIII century Italian style villa acquired by the rich merchant of Avignon Pierre-Joseph Arson. The Villa Arson is a national art school designed by the Ministry of Culture André Malraux. It is also a national center for contemporary art, an artists’ residence and a multimedia library.

The Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto, Japan

Villa Kujoyama is located in Kyoto, Japan. It was built by the architect Kunio Kato in 1992. It is an artists’ residence for artists from a variety of disciplines and was created in collaboration with the French institute in Japan. It is the only French artists’ residence program in Asia. 

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