Tour the Homes of 10 Famous Artists

By nature, artists are an extremely creative bunch. And it is possibly due to this fact that we are interested in the homes they lived in throughout their often-turbulent lives. Yet, although many famous artists endured troubled lives, some of them lived in beautiful, or even glamorous dwellings. And it’s in these homes that we can possibly learn a bit more about the masters and where, perhaps, they drew their inspiration. From Picasso’s mansion in Aix-en-Provence, France, to Frida’s colorful Mexico City home, AD visits the homes of ten of the world’s most famous artists.


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Located in the scenic region of Aix-en-Provence, France, Atelier de Cézanne was where the French painter lived from 1902, until his his death in 1906, at the age of sixty-seven. Cézanne completed several famous works while living here, including his last iteration of Bathers, 1900–1905.

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The residence of Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) in Cadaques, Spain. The artist lived and worked in this home, roughly 20 miles south of the French border, from 1930 to 1982. The building has since been converted into a museum that houses much of his work, including Figures Lying on the Sand and Inaugural Gooseflesh.

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The spectacular Château du Clos Lucé is a small château in the city of Amboise, France. Located roughly 135-miles southwest of Paris, this manor was famously for being the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519, when Leonardo died. The Renaissance-style château has since been restored, and turned into a museum.

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In 1945, Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) married fellow painter Lee Krasner and moved into this Long Island, New York, home. It was here that the father of Abstract Expressionism not only lived but also painted. Evidence of his work can still be observed on the floorboards of the house, which was converted into a museum in 1988. Pictured is the studio Pollock worked in, which was located right next to his home.

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When Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) moved into Château of Vauvenargues in 1959, he was already the world’s most famous living artist. And it is next to his beloved mansion in Aix-en-Provence, France, that Picasso was buried after his death. Today, the home is periodically open to the public, and visitors can tour a space that’s remained relatively untouched since the time the creator of Cubism lived in it.

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Located in Dessau, Germany, the Masters’ Houses were a group of dwellings completed in 1926. The buildings, which were constructed using an industrially prefabricated and simple “building block” construction, housed Bauhaus masters László Moholy-Nagy and Lyonel Feininger, Georg Muche and Oskar Schlemmer as well as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Pictured here is one of the four main homes.

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When Claude Monet (1840–1926) moved into this French estate in 1883, he found that the grounds lent themselves to his two passions: gardening and painting. The house—which is about 40 miles northeast of Paris, in the town of Giverny—is where the founder of Impressionism worked and lived until his death.

Photo: Robert Reck

Born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) would be the first to say that New Mexico was her true home. Ghost Ranch (pictured) was where O’Keeffe lived when she was splitting time between New Mexico and New York City. It was O’Keeffe who once said, “I suppose I could live in a jail as long as I had a little patch of blue sky to look at.”

Photo: Courtesy of Nick Mafi

Located in Mexico City is the home of Frida Kahlo (1907–1954). It was in this cobalt-blue-painted building that Kahlo was born and raised, and eventually lived with her husband, Diego Rivera. In 1958 the home was converted into the Frida Kahlo Museum, which now attracts roughly 300,000 visitors each year.

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Winslow Homer (1836-1910) called this structure both his studio and home. Located in Scarborough, Maine, the home was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.

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