Here is a list of homes and studios that have been preserved from some of the world’s greatest artists for you to observe and enjoy. These next level museum experiences allow you to move through the space in which the likes of Kahlo and Rembrandt lived and worked, enabling the barrier between artist and traveler to be broken down in a very unique and intimate manner.
Rembrandt’s House – Jodenbreestraat 4, Amsterdam, Netherlands
In the heart of Amsterdam, you can not only tour the great master’s house and his workshop but also be a part of live etching demonstrations. These run every day from 10:15 am – 1:15 pm, and 1:45 pm – 4:45 pm. The Rembrandt House Museum allows you to physically step into his world and discover his craft in the very room he created it.
Claude Monet’s home and garden – Giverny, France
The artist lived in this small Normandy village for 40 years, settling near the river Epte, to create the famous water garden that inspired and starred in so many of his masterpieces. The artist’s home itself is notable for its colours: it features bright pink exterior walls, and vivid blues, greens, and yellows inside, chosen by Monet to align with the palette of his own works.
Louise Bourgeois House – 347 West 20th Street, New York, USA
Bourgeois’s house is set apart from the rest, with it being left exactly the way she left it! The wildly original artist’s cluttered house still remains a prime tourist attraction still 5 years after her death. Much of the attraction to the artist’s residents comes from how inhabited the space still feels. The adjacent house from her neighbour, now functions as a small gallery space for her work.
Auguste Rodin – La Villa des Brillants, Meudon, France
Built on the heights of Meudon, the Villa des Brillants is a modest-looking, Louis XIII-style house in brick and stone, which Auguste Rodin purchased at an auction sale on 19 December 1895. It was a suitable environment in which to pursue his career as an artist. Today visitors can discover both the spirit of a studio and the atmosphere of an artist’s residence in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Donald Judd’s home – 101 Spring Street, New York, USA
Donald Judd bought the five-story former garment factory on Spring Street in 1968. First conceived as a private studio, he soon reconfigured it as a living space and gallery for both his own work and others. Then when renovating “Our goal has been to preserve Donald Judd’s vision for the building and make it accessible to the public, while satisfying contemporary building requirements,” said ARO principal Adam Yarinsky.
Casa Salvador Dalí, Port Lligat, Spain
Dali was no ordinary man, therefore it would be fair to say his house is no ordinary house. Formerly a number of quaint fisherman huts, much of the interiors are rather out there with many stuffed animals and quirky sculptures dotted around the property. Today the artist’s house remains largely as it was, stuffed with artworks and oddities collected and treasured by Dalí.
Frida Kahlo’s home – La Casa Azul, Coyoacán, Mexico
Photo Credit: Rod Waddington
Known as the ‘blue house’ – for obvious reasons – is the historic house and now museum for the fabulous Frida Kahlo. The building was the birthplace of Kahlo and is also the home where she grew up, lived with her husband Diego Rivera for a number of years, and eventually died, in one of the rooms on the upper floor.
Photo Credit: Georgia O’Keefe Museum
Georgia O’Keefe discovered the ruins of a 5,000 sq ft Spanish colonial era compound in Abiquiu in 1935. She was struck by a black door in the wall. ‘It was something I had to have,’ she said. ‘It took me ten years to get it – three more years to fix the house so I could live in it – and after that, the wall with a door was painted many times.’
Photo Credit: Haarkon / India Hobson & Magnus Edmondson
Barbara Hepworth and her family escaped down to Cornwall during the break out of the war in 1939, it became their spiritual home. The light and colour of the Cornish sea captured her heart and soul so she returned in 1949 without her husband and never left. However, the studio holds an element of tragedy the home and studio are filled with tools and unfinished works and is where she died in an accidental fire at the age of 72.
Pollock-Krasner House – East Hampton, USA
Photo Credit: The Culture Trip
In November 1945, Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner moved to what is now known as the Pollock-Krasner House and Studio in Springs in the town of East Hampton on Long Island, New York. The house resides on 1.56 acres of land with a nearby barn is on Accobonac Creek.
Photo Credit: Art Fund
Transport yourself to the wonderful world of Frederic Leighton, with his home being one of the most remarkable buildings of the nineteenth century. The ornate mansion was built to Leighton’s precise requirements and has been extended and embellished over the 30 years that he lived in it. The gilded interiors are a sight to behold with its golden trim and richly mosaiced Arab Hall.
Photo Credit: Sylvain Bordier
Renoir’s beautiful Summer home finally opened this year to the public, after four years of renovations. The property has undergone an extensive €1m restoration to its fin-de-siècle interiors and gardens. Adding climate control systems to protect special works, was among the work done. It will join Renoir’s studio, which has already been open for 20 years and located at the bottom of the home’s garden.