Culture & Travel

11 September 2020
Homecountries of Famous Painters 

They say that the environment we live in affects our perception and life. Each country has a generation of artists who grow up in their own conditions. Artists paint to reflect their thoughts or life experiences in a concrete or abstract way. Today, we are headed towards the home countries of painters we have heard of and seen their paintings many times over the years. 

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Vincent van Gogh - Zundert, Netherlands

“I don't know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.” 

Painter of immortal works like the Starry Night, Olive Trees, and Starry Night on the Rhone and known as the “painter who cut his ear off”, Vincent van Gogh was born on Markt 29 Street of Zundert, Netherlands on March 30, 1853. Although his birth house could not stand all these years, a plaque was placed there in his name. Afterwards, the place went under lengthy renovations and transformed into a gallery and museum for Vincent van Gogh to keep his memory alive. 

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Claude Monet - Laffitte, Paris, France

"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."

Born on November 14, 1840 in Paris, the painter managed to become one of the most important names in the world with different colors and his unique brush strokes. He lived in Paris until he was 5. Afterwards, the family moved to Le Havre, Normandy. But Paris was the city that shaped Monet’s career because famous painters of his time used to paint their works in public. This caught Monet’s eye and attracted him to painting at a very young age.

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Pablo Picasso - Málaga, Spain

“I don't say everything, but I paint everything.”

The city of Málaga with an abundance of sun is one of the two locations that shaped Pablo Picasso’s future. The other is Montmarte, the “artist district” of Paris, where he went in 1900. Picasso’s first interest in painting was with the guidance of his father. He used to paint about circus workers in the beginning but in his later life, he started painting about geometrical figures with an inspiration of Cubism. Today, there is a Pablo Picasso museum in Málaga, Spain. You can see 285 of his unmatched works donated by his own family in this museum.