Paintings of historical interiors are fascinating hybrid images – midway between the work of a great artist’s imagination and a document of the past. Thanks to the project Atelier Décor held by HomeAdvisor we can learn how rooms from famous paintings would look like in real life.
Famous artists often worked from ‘real life’ scenarios. Therefore, paintings like Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom or Kandinsky’s My Dining Room could be labeled as historical records. They tell us as much about the painter’s state of mind as they do about home décor trends of the 19th or early 20th century.
For today’s artistically-inclined interior designers, the existence of such paintings is a gift: the chance to see forgotten furniture and color combinations through the eyes of a genius. For everyone else, imagining how those rooms might look in real life takes a bit more work. This got the Atelier Décor’s team thinking, what did these household settings from famous paintings look like in the real world? What if instead of a painting, the artists were to have taken as photograph?
For this project, they trawled through well-known paintings by famous artists around the world and identified 6 different rooms around the home:
1. Wassily Kandinsky – My Dining Room
2. Konstantin Korovin – Interior
3. Grant Wood – The Sun Shine on the Corner
4. Roy Lichtenstein – Interior with Restful Paintings
5. Eduard Petrovich Hau – Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Sitting Room
6. Vincent van Gogh – The Bedroom
Read also the story of Vincent van Gogh’s bedroom and its three versions here!