Are you still undecided on where to go to for your vacation? Have you visited all the summer destinations from our last year’s list and are looking for inspiration? Here comes the selection of artsy places you can visit in 2017:
At first glance Worpswede may seem a quiet and tiny town in Lower Saxony. However, since the end of the 19th century it has been an artists’ hub: over 130 artists and craftsmen have been working there. It was established 128 years ago by three young painters from Düsseldorf, who having just spent the summer there, were so enthusiastic about the place that they resolved to settle down there. Such a decision had equivalents all over Europe, other artists of their day also they turned their back on big cities in order to create nature-inspired art.
Lake District, England
In 1810 William Wordsworth, a major English Romantic poet, published a Guide to the Lakes, more fully A Guide through the District of the Lakes simply because he needed money. Following the idea of Reverend Joseph Wilkinson, who saw the potential in the growing tourist industry in the area and had executed a series of views of Lake District, Wordsworth put together text accompaniying the engravings. It was well known that he actually hated the engravings which apparently went seriously wrong when the publishers tried to colour them. Wordsworth told Lady Beaumont that she would receive from them that sort of disgust which he did from bad poetry and that they would please many who in all the arts were most taken by what was worthless. However, the beauty of Lake District is indisputable, no matter what you think of the engravings.
Vincent van Gogh had an idea of creating an artists’ community, based on his ideas of buddhist communities of monks. He found Arles, a town in southern France, a perfect place for that: light there had this amazing warm quality, perfect for his vibrant paintings. He rented four rooms by 2 Place Lamartine on May 1, 1888 and invited his friend Gauguin to live with him.
Sadly, the house did not survive the WW2 as it was heavily damaged by Allies’ bombing in 1944 and then demolished. However, you can still see a cafe that van Gogh went to to eat almost every day.
Black Mountain, North Carolina
In 1933 an experimental art school Black Mountain College was founded. It was open only for 24 years but during this time it saw the biggest artists of the post-war era grow and learn. There were such great teachers like Willem de Kooning, Josef and Anni Albers, John Cage or Walter Gropius, and promising students such as Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly or Kenneth Noland. Today you can visit its art centre: http://www.blackmountaincollege.org/