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Explore the landscapes and places that inspired great art: find peace in Monet’s lily-filled garden oasis, climb Mount Fuji on a printmaker’s pilgrimage, sail with Gauguin to the South Pacific to stretch your imagination, or contemplate light and the changing seasons on Chelsea Embankment. Artistic Places is a stunningly illustrated, visionary guide for seekers of beauty, Explore the landscapes and places that inspired great art: find peace in Monet’s lily-filled garden oasis, climb Mount Fuji on a printmaker’s pilgrimage, sail with Gauguin to the South Pacific to stretch your imagination, or contemplate light and the changing seasons on Chelsea Embankment. Artistic Places is a stunningly illustrated, visionary guide for seekers of beauty, rare tales and cultural riches. Find yourself instantly transported to the places where great artists have sought refuge, found their inspiration and changed the course of art history forever. Susie Hodge, bestselling author and art historian, presents 25 famous and forgotten artistic destinations around the world, and connects these to the masterpieces that celebrate them. None of these unique locations are merely backdrops to the insightful stories told, but are characters in their own right. So take a leaf out of your favourite artist’s sketchbook and delve into this book to discover the places they loved best. Artists and locations include: J.A.M Whistler in London, England John Constable in Suffolk, England Barbara Hepworth in St Ives, England Paula Rego in Cascais and Estoril, Portugal Pablo Picasso and Guernica, Spain Salvador Dalí in Catalonia, Spain Claude Monet in Giverny, France Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France Rene Magritte in Brussels, Belgium Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland Michelangelo in Florence, Italy Canaletto in Venice, Italy Johannes Vermeer in Delft, Netherlands Anni Albers in Dessau, Germany Caspar David Friedrich in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany Gustav Klimt and Lake Attersee, Austria Edvard Munch in Oslo, Norway Hilma af Klint and Lake Mälaren, Sweden Henri Matisse in Tangier, Morocco Hokusai on Mount Fuji, Japan Paul Gauguin in Papeete and Papeari, Tahiti Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York, USA Grant Wood in Iowa, USA Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, USA Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, Mexico Each book in the Inspired Traveller's Guides series offers readers a fascinating, informative and charmingly illustrated guide to must-visit destinations round the globe. Also from this series, explore intriguing: Spiritual Places, Literary Places, Hidden Places and Mystical Places.


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Explore the landscapes and places that inspired great art: find peace in Monet’s lily-filled garden oasis, climb Mount Fuji on a printmaker’s pilgrimage, sail with Gauguin to the South Pacific to stretch your imagination, or contemplate light and the changing seasons on Chelsea Embankment. Artistic Places is a stunningly illustrated, visionary guide for seekers of beauty, Explore the landscapes and places that inspired great art: find peace in Monet’s lily-filled garden oasis, climb Mount Fuji on a printmaker’s pilgrimage, sail with Gauguin to the South Pacific to stretch your imagination, or contemplate light and the changing seasons on Chelsea Embankment. Artistic Places is a stunningly illustrated, visionary guide for seekers of beauty, rare tales and cultural riches. Find yourself instantly transported to the places where great artists have sought refuge, found their inspiration and changed the course of art history forever. Susie Hodge, bestselling author and art historian, presents 25 famous and forgotten artistic destinations around the world, and connects these to the masterpieces that celebrate them. None of these unique locations are merely backdrops to the insightful stories told, but are characters in their own right. So take a leaf out of your favourite artist’s sketchbook and delve into this book to discover the places they loved best. Artists and locations include: J.A.M Whistler in London, England John Constable in Suffolk, England Barbara Hepworth in St Ives, England Paula Rego in Cascais and Estoril, Portugal Pablo Picasso and Guernica, Spain Salvador Dalí in Catalonia, Spain Claude Monet in Giverny, France Vincent van Gogh in Arles, France Rene Magritte in Brussels, Belgium Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland Michelangelo in Florence, Italy Canaletto in Venice, Italy Johannes Vermeer in Delft, Netherlands Anni Albers in Dessau, Germany Caspar David Friedrich in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, Germany Gustav Klimt and Lake Attersee, Austria Edvard Munch in Oslo, Norway Hilma af Klint and Lake Mälaren, Sweden Henri Matisse in Tangier, Morocco Hokusai on Mount Fuji, Japan Paul Gauguin in Papeete and Papeari, Tahiti Jean-Michel Basquiat in New York, USA Grant Wood in Iowa, USA Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico, USA Frida Kahlo in Coyoacán, Mexico Each book in the Inspired Traveller's Guides series offers readers a fascinating, informative and charmingly illustrated guide to must-visit destinations round the globe. Also from this series, explore intriguing: Spiritual Places, Literary Places, Hidden Places and Mystical Places.

30 review for Artistic Places

  1. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    ARTISTIC PLACES features 25+ stunning locales beloved by iconic artists, such as Matisse’s Tangier, Klee’s Bern, O’Keefe’s Taos. Eye-catching art depicts each destination, while info-rich text explains the impact of place on creativity. A soothing read for angsty times. 4 of 5 Stars Pub Date 16 Mar 2021 #ArtisticPlaces #NetGalley Thanks to the author, Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion, and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    This is a combination art history book and travel guide that tells you about places around the world where artists created famous works. I absolutely love the cover and the illustrator created beautiful artwork to accompany each geographical area, but I always have trouble enjoying a book about famous works of art where they don't include the famous works of art. If I'm going to read all about American Gothic and how Whistler felt about Iowa, I'd really like to see a picture of it while I'm read This is a combination art history book and travel guide that tells you about places around the world where artists created famous works. I absolutely love the cover and the illustrator created beautiful artwork to accompany each geographical area, but I always have trouble enjoying a book about famous works of art where they don't include the famous works of art. If I'm going to read all about American Gothic and how Whistler felt about Iowa, I'd really like to see a picture of it while I'm reading. Yes, I remember it but when the author talks about the repetition of shapes in the windows and other areas I don't remember that and don't want to have to look up every painting as it's referenced. The accompanying artwork is beautiful but it reflects the illustrator's styles (sometimes with slight nods to the artist they're talking about) and not the works themselves. As a travel guide, I felt it was okay but not terribly accurate. I live by Iowa and the description of how bucolic the state is made me smile a little (no offense, Iowans). Again, we hear about all these elements of the area just as we did with the art, but there are no photographs and nothing to see for ourselves what is described outside of the lovely artistic vision by the illustrator. This really does have wonderful illustrations and the descriptions of the places and how the artists felt about them are nice. I really would have liked photographs to accompany each section but this was very well done as a piece of art in itself. I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley I think I may have been the wrong reader for this book, because I came away disappointed. The idea of it - places which inspired great artists - was immediately fascinating to me, but as I opened the first pages, I realized that it's literally just descriptions of the places with some history, and I'm going to have to Google the artworks by their name (not all of them were known to me). What I expected (possibly in a silly way) was to be How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley I think I may have been the wrong reader for this book, because I came away disappointed. The idea of it - places which inspired great artists - was immediately fascinating to me, but as I opened the first pages, I realized that it's literally just descriptions of the places with some history, and I'm going to have to Google the artworks by their name (not all of them were known to me). What I expected (possibly in a silly way) was to be able to read the descriptions while looking at the artworks, comparing them to the photos of the locations and pondering the feel. Then I thought about it more, and now I don't know what I was expecting - after all, including famous artwork in your book probably costs a fortune for the rights of using the image. But it would have made the book so much more... Don't get me wrong, the book has illustrations and they're very good, but they're purely associative and all done by a single artist. You're going to have to Google the artwork that relates to the places. It makes sense - but I imagine many people will pick up this book expecting to see the artwork on the page - so I'm just letting you know, it's not there. And that's fine, as cool as it would have been, it's not like it's hard to Google it. However, the book also fell short in another way for me - I'm not sure if it's clear what the book is for. I mean, if it doesn't have the artwork - then it's literally just short descriptions of the places and what they're famous for. Why not include photos of the places? It's not an art book - so is it a travel book then? Apparently not, because it doesn't have handy information about how to visit the places and what to expect, only rough mentions of what can be visited - in terms of "there's half a sentence for the museum, half a sentence for the authors house", etc. If you can't include the artwork, including detailed info about the places and photos would have still made the book awesome. And yet, it's not there. So in its current state, I don't understand what the book is for. At best, it's a coffee table book based on a nice idea, but it doesn't come together and doesn't really stand up in terms of practical value. It's a shame, cause the idea is brilliant, and I'd love to visit some of these places and ponder the art created there (and let me cut it some slack, the descriptions ARE good, my favorite one was the history of the Bauhaus school - but they're just that, descriptions. I can read that in Wikipedia - there is no real added value). So if you feel like you would love to visit these places too, treat this book as a list with associative illustrations and get ready to Google both the artwork and the info on how to get to the places, how they look and where to stay when you get there. I thank the publisher for giving me a free copy of the ebook in exchange to my honest review. This has not affected my opinion. Book Blog | Bookstagram | Bookish Twitter

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    While traveling and museum visits are currently not possible, any art and travel lovers will be glad to discover this book. It transports you to cities around the world with vibrant illustrations and stories of what these cities meant to famous classical artists. I enjoyed learning more about some artists I was already familiar with, and about ones I hadn’t heard of before as well. I kept Google Arts and Culture open as I read in order to view paintings mentioned throughout the book, and this hi While traveling and museum visits are currently not possible, any art and travel lovers will be glad to discover this book. It transports you to cities around the world with vibrant illustrations and stories of what these cities meant to famous classical artists. I enjoyed learning more about some artists I was already familiar with, and about ones I hadn’t heard of before as well. I kept Google Arts and Culture open as I read in order to view paintings mentioned throughout the book, and this highly enhanced my reading experience. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Taylor

    "Even if we've never been there, some places in the world can be uncannily familiar." So begins the introduction to this beautiful book. After reading Literary Places, I obviously became an admiring fan of the illustrator Amy Grimes' work, and I had also loved the lovely prose of the author of the text portions of the book. I was a bit wary of seeing a new author teaming up with Grimes' art for this installment, but I needn't have worried. The writing is just as lush and gorgeous as the illustrat "Even if we've never been there, some places in the world can be uncannily familiar." So begins the introduction to this beautiful book. After reading Literary Places, I obviously became an admiring fan of the illustrator Amy Grimes' work, and I had also loved the lovely prose of the author of the text portions of the book. I was a bit wary of seeing a new author teaming up with Grimes' art for this installment, but I needn't have worried. The writing is just as lush and gorgeous as the illustrations deserve. The book is laid out like a globetrotting tour of cities and locations around the world, as made famous by various paintings and works of art. Background information and descriptions are given for each location, always relating it back to notable art. The details are lovely, from the molding of the landscape, to the arrival of famous painters such as Van Gogh in the area, to how visionaries became inspired by specific locations. Grimes' illustrations are so pretty, so vibrant and simplistically appealing. I would love to see an art gallery of her collected work one day, or have prints hanging on the walls of my house. My only disappointment with the book was that it massively focused on European locations and art. Besides Europe, there was only 1 entry on the Middle East, 1 in Asia, and 1 in French Polynesia. There were also 4 entries on North America (3 of which were in the United States, and 1 in Mexico) and none in South America. I would have loved to see more cultures and corners of the globe represented. A beautiful book worth a read if you are interested in travel or art. This would make a great gift for anyone interested in these topics, especially these days when museum visits and travel are mostly unavailable! Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for providing an advance ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tina T

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. Susan Hodge’s Artistic Places, blends the love of art with the love of travel exploration. Each chapter focuses on a specific location that inspired a famous artwork, the story behind it and the artist who created it. Hodge also brings us a little slice of travel heaven: a brief history of the region, tidbits about the culture, people, food, travel tips and regional events. When I first Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy. All opinions are my own. Susan Hodge’s Artistic Places, blends the love of art with the love of travel exploration. Each chapter focuses on a specific location that inspired a famous artwork, the story behind it and the artist who created it. Hodge also brings us a little slice of travel heaven: a brief history of the region, tidbits about the culture, people, food, travel tips and regional events. When I first heard about this book I was excited to read it. As an artist with a degree in art history, this shot to my must read top of the list. From Monet’s inspiration of the lily pond of Giverny, France, to Picasso’s anguished depiction of the Guernica bombing in Spain, to Hokusai’s Mount Fuji In Japan, Hodge provides just enough information to tease your curiosity to travel and learn more. The book also covers locations I never would have thought to visit but now I’m itching to discover. Art history lovers and artist will read this cover to cover. Travelers may keep this on the shelf as a referral for places they’d like to explore that are based upon paintings yet provide a much richer look into the local culture. The book is lovingly illustrated by Amy Grimes. I will say I was a bit disappointed to see that the art pieces were not depicted in the book. It would have been nice to compare the piece to the description of the location. So I was left to search out the painting online and any information about the area. It turned out this was the better option as it allowed me to learn much more about the artist, art piece and location. Maybe that’s because I was an art history major so I enjoy that research. However, It still would have been more convenient to at least have the art piece represented to better understand it when the author describes the piece.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Justine

    Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for providing an ARC! __________________________________ 4.5 stars What a beautiful little book! Beautiful AND informative! In Artistic Places, the reader can find gorgeous illustrations of different places throughout the world, but also informations about said places and about the artists inspired by them! I knew about some of them, like Vincent Van Gogh ; I discovered about others, such as Anni Albers, who I didn't know at all! I really loved it: it had everything t Thanks to NetGalley and Quarto for providing an ARC! __________________________________ 4.5 stars What a beautiful little book! Beautiful AND informative! In Artistic Places, the reader can find gorgeous illustrations of different places throughout the world, but also informations about said places and about the artists inspired by them! I knew about some of them, like Vincent Van Gogh ; I discovered about others, such as Anni Albers, who I didn't know at all! I really loved it: it had everything to please me! I learnt things, I saw great art (I searched the mentioned works of art on Internet) both by very well-known artists and by the illustrator of the book, Amy Grimes. Maybe its only drawback: I really want to travel to these places now and I can't for the time being! But, one day!! Clearly, this book is one I'd like to have on my shelves because of both its beauty and content!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tripfiction

    Visiting world locations through the eyes of iconic artists I first came across the “Inspired Traveller’s Guide” series when I came across Literary Places by Sarah Baxter, also beautifully illustrated by Amy Grimes. The books are just superbly produced, there is a real sense of quality and elegance to both content and presentation and it is a real pleasure to peruse the pages. The book explores 25 places and the author acknowledges what a hard task it was to choose the artists and their evocative Visiting world locations through the eyes of iconic artists I first came across the “Inspired Traveller’s Guide” series when I came across Literary Places by Sarah Baxter, also beautifully illustrated by Amy Grimes. The books are just superbly produced, there is a real sense of quality and elegance to both content and presentation and it is a real pleasure to peruse the pages. The book explores 25 places and the author acknowledges what a hard task it was to choose the artists and their evocative paintings from the millions of artworks that represent place so well and across all the centuries. The book opens with “Nocturne: Blue and Gold” by J A M Whistler and the accompanying text explores the city and the context of his work. The images of the city created by Amy Grimes are really stunning. Having studied art history myself, I had a notion of the art he produced but moving on to Cascais & Estoril, Portugal, I haven’t come across Paula Rego and The Dance because that work was created after my period of study in 1988. The author explores her painting and that Boca do Inferno can still be seen both in real life and in the painting and she goes on to describe the preparatory ink drawings (not forgetting the local speciality of Tarte de Natas!). Guernica is featured, along with Amy’s interpretations and I was privileged to see Picasso’s work in the original, now housed at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. Of course on the cover page is featured one of the iconic water lily series (The Water Lily Pondsotl: Green Harmony) by Claude Monet, which is just so recognisable, even when interpreted by another artist. It was painted at Giverny, Monet’s home for 43 years. Moving on to Florence – the treasure chest of art – the author suggests a few places to visit after she has spent time looking at some of the artists for whom the city is known and above all “Il Divino” and his iconic contribution the the city’s art and culture. Featured in the book, too, is a little about the Bauhaus movement, which emerged to improve people’s living conditions, founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Germany, in Dessau. (if you fancy exploring the principles and people behind the movement, then The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood will delightfully transport you to the era). I absolutely love the work of Amy Grimes and her illustrations throughout the book are really eye-catching and uplifting, they are so full of colour and good design. I think as a concept this book works well on many levels, it is well put together and the idea is fantastic; but I did so miss not being able to conjure in my mind’s eye the original artworks to which the author refers, as they are not included anyere in the book. As each chosen painting was the raison d’être for each piece of text and the accompanying illustrations, it felt like the star guest at the party was missing. One can always access an image of each artwork on the internet whilst reading the book, I suppose.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle McGrane

    “Even if we’ve never been there, some places in the world can be uncannily familiar. They might be misty mountain ranges or craggy ravines, dense forests or sunlit waterways, imposing architecture with ornamental facades, flower filled fields, secluded interiors, mystical mountains or tranquil ponds. They may be exhilarating places that take our breath away or calm locations that fill us with comfort, like a warm scarf on a cold day.” These 25 places have been interpreted by talented artists, ent “Even if we’ve never been there, some places in the world can be uncannily familiar. They might be misty mountain ranges or craggy ravines, dense forests or sunlit waterways, imposing architecture with ornamental facades, flower filled fields, secluded interiors, mystical mountains or tranquil ponds. They may be exhilarating places that take our breath away or calm locations that fill us with comfort, like a warm scarf on a cold day.” These 25 places have been interpreted by talented artists, entire worlds are created for us in pencil, paint, ink, or pastel, or marble or bronze, or even in wool, silk and other textiles, sometimes colourful, sometimes sober, often uplifting or contemplative, threatening or restful. And we have seen them often, in galleries or in reproductions — localities that have become iconic, presented to us by an artist’s skilful hand. “Artistic Places” includes: Whistler’s atmospheric River Thames scenes; Constable’s English countryside; Hepsworth’s St. Ives, an inspiration of light, sea, wind and hills; Rego’s rugged Portuguese coastline; Picasso’s Guernica; Dali’s Catalonia; Claude Monet’s home in Giverny, a place of abundant flowers and tranquility; van Gogh’s Arles, an ancient Roman city of swirling skies and artistic legends; Magritte’s Brussels; Klee’s Bern; Michaelangelo’s iconic Renaissance city, Florence; Canaletto’s Venice, a magical jewel-box city; Vermeer’s Delft; Anni Albers industrial Bauhaus in Germany; Friedrich’s Elbe Sandstone Mountains; Klimt’s ethereal, glass-like Lake Attersee; Munch’s Norwegian fjordland; Hilma af Klimt’s Lake Malaren; Matisse’s Tangier, a city filled with evocative northern light; Katsushika Hokusai’s Mount Fugi; Gaugin’s Tahiti; Basquiat’s New York; Grant Wood’s rural Iowa; the faraway otherworldliness of O’Keefe’s New Mexican desert, and Coyocan, Kahlo’s sultry, magical neighborhood. Susie Hodges is clearly very knowledgeable about art and artists and writes lyrically about the places she has chosen for this magnificently produced book. Her writing is often in conversation with the natural world and the artistic life. She roams across centuries, very different histories, lives and places. “Artistic Places” is vivid, strongly present and beautifully organized. Amy Grimes’ bright and bold illustrations celebrate the collaboration between art and writing. There is so much to enjoy here I found myself sinking into the book and dreamily taking in the art and places. A huge thank you to @NetGalley and #WhiteLionPublishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dasha Slepenkina

    3/5 - Liked it A big thank-you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for an unbiased review. This is a lovely book, filled with beautiful illustrations of some of the most enchanting places in the world, replete with facts about these locales' artistic history. The illustrations are stunning - there were several that I wished I could pluck out of my book and hang on my apartment wall. The writing was clear and concise. I appreciated the focus on artists I was fa 3/5 - Liked it A big thank-you to NetGalley, the author, and publisher for giving me a copy of this book for an unbiased review. This is a lovely book, filled with beautiful illustrations of some of the most enchanting places in the world, replete with facts about these locales' artistic history. The illustrations are stunning - there were several that I wished I could pluck out of my book and hang on my apartment wall. The writing was clear and concise. I appreciated the focus on artists I was familiar with (van Gogh, Monet, Gauguin) as well as some new artists who paint or create outside of mediums I'm aware of. There were also a few interesting stories - for example, how "Guernica" was a rebellious piece of political art, or how "American Gothic" was painted in sections. I felt like this book took me not only on a tour of new art pieces, but also on a tour around the world, which was very pleasant. However, I have two major reasons as to why this isn't rated higher. 1. While the illustrations were delightful, I found it frustrating that the paintings being referenced were not included. I read the book with a Google browser open - even for the paintings I knew well, I wanted to reference some details. For the paintings I did not know, I was discovering them for the first time. I also wished there were some photographs of the locations for comparison, or that there were multiple artists' depiction of some places. 2. The locales were mainly confined to Western Europe. 18 of the locations were in Western Europe, 4 were in North America, and 3 were outside of Europe (but two featured European artists). There was a distinct lack of perspectives. As a Russian-American, I was thoroughly surprised not to see any mention of places like Saint Petersburg or my second home - California (which was mentioned in the intro, but not the book!). I would have loved to see more art from the Middle East, more Native American art, Indian landscapes, etc. That being said, this is an absolutely wonderful book and it has definitely inspired me to visit some new places with a mind to explore their artistic history.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    When I saw the cover for Artistic Places I knew I had to read it. I’m someone who loves travel and loves art to the point that I have literally planned vacations to Europe around the art museums I wanted to visit. I loved reading about the places I have visited (London, Giverny, Florence, Venice, Oslo, etc.) and have added a few more to my list thanks to this book (I really want to go roam around Lake Attersee where Klimt painted). The book is roughly 50/50 split between illustrations and text. T When I saw the cover for Artistic Places I knew I had to read it. I’m someone who loves travel and loves art to the point that I have literally planned vacations to Europe around the art museums I wanted to visit. I loved reading about the places I have visited (London, Giverny, Florence, Venice, Oslo, etc.) and have added a few more to my list thanks to this book (I really want to go roam around Lake Attersee where Klimt painted). The book is roughly 50/50 split between illustrations and text. The text was easy to read and well organized. There was some information for travelers in the text (like how to get to Giverny from Paris or how to reserve a slot to visit Georgia O’Keefe’s house) and a little bit of each city’s history, but the main focus was the art and artists. The illustrations by Amy Girmes are stunning. I liked that there was a good mix of one page and two page pictures. I also enjoyed the nods to the artists themselves found within some of the works. While illustrations were absolutely beautiful, I did find myself frustrated by the lack of depictions of the works described. While I was familiar with 18 of the main 25 artists featured, I was not familiar enough with the remaining seven and numerous other mentioned in passing to fully “get” what the author was describing. A few I Googled as I was reading and found that I actually was familiar with their works, but couldn’t connect them to the artist’s name. This is not a book for someone without a knowledge of art history. As with most art history books, this one is very euro-centric. Only seven of the locations featured are outside of Europe and only three of the 25 main artists are not white. I know that much of art history as a discipline is focused on Europe, but there are so many non-Europeans place and artists that have been featured. Thank you to White Lion Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    The latest volume in this occasional series from these creators takes us armchair travellers to places featured in art – some that we may never fully see on canvas, some that were inspiration to sculptures, and some that were so successfully embodied by an artistic talent it feels we've been there before. And so we begin with central London, Constable Country and St Ives (for the Hepworths), before leaving the UK and first hitting on a scrap of Portuguese coast where Paula Rego found something t The latest volume in this occasional series from these creators takes us armchair travellers to places featured in art – some that we may never fully see on canvas, some that were inspiration to sculptures, and some that were so successfully embodied by an artistic talent it feels we've been there before. And so we begin with central London, Constable Country and St Ives (for the Hepworths), before leaving the UK and first hitting on a scrap of Portuguese coast where Paula Rego found something to imitate. The visuals here are wholly the creative team's efforts, so it's going to annoy some people that we don't get a look at the specific Rego painting featured in the writing. Instead we get a snapshot of what it's like to witness the general locale as a tourist now, and the design never once tries to mimic or pastiche the artworks, but to respond to a 2020s view, rendered in the established style of prior books by this partnership. That all may make this sound a little inconsequential, and not ideal for art-lovers. Yet, even when we go to Giverny, knowing full well what the paintings look like and having a very clear picture of what getting there would give us, it's still interesting to read these brief postcard-styled entries. We're there, too, off our own bat, with walks to walk and buildings to visit, and not crammed in between six thousand coach loads of Japanese tourists. Some entries sounded too close to a trashy magazine article (the juxtaposition of Paul Klee's, er, difficult art with the "ooh, you can buy this, and eat that, and drink that!" yack is really quite jarring), but on the whole I'm always happy to travel by proxy in the hands of these guides.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lavelle

    Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing- white lion for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. This is a lovely visual feast of a book. It looks at 25 places around the world which have inspired artists to produce their famous artworks. The illustrations by Amy Grimes are of the actual places discussed in the text, and not interpretations of the famous artworks. I found the information really interesting and I’ve definitely added a few places to the bucket list of p Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing- white lion for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review. This is a lovely visual feast of a book. It looks at 25 places around the world which have inspired artists to produce their famous artworks. The illustrations by Amy Grimes are of the actual places discussed in the text, and not interpretations of the famous artworks. I found the information really interesting and I’ve definitely added a few places to the bucket list of places to visit. One good thing about books like these in these times is that we can precariously travel and do the tourist thing, when we have no physical way of travelling. I hope it’s not too much longer before it’s safe for the world to open up and there is the possibility of seeing these places in person. I really like the bright and vibrant illustrations in this book. They’re not too detailed and it’s quite stylised but it really appeals to me and makes me reminiscent of the old railway advertisement posters. I really enjoyed this book but I do feel a small picture of the artwork being discussed would have been useful as I wasn’t familiar with quite a few pieces discussed and needed to use our good friend google to get an idea of what was being discussed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    What a lovely title for armchair travelers who enjoy art. In this book, visit London with Whistler; Suffolk with Constable; St Ives with Barbara Hepworth; Guernica with Picasso; Giverny with Monet; Brussels with Magritte,; Florence with Michelangelo, Oslo with Munch; Polynesia with Gauguin; New York with Basquiat and more. This title begins with an informative introduction on artists, the places that had meaning to them and the ways in which those places were interpreted in their art. Following t What a lovely title for armchair travelers who enjoy art. In this book, visit London with Whistler; Suffolk with Constable; St Ives with Barbara Hepworth; Guernica with Picasso; Giverny with Monet; Brussels with Magritte,; Florence with Michelangelo, Oslo with Munch; Polynesia with Gauguin; New York with Basquiat and more. This title begins with an informative introduction on artists, the places that had meaning to them and the ways in which those places were interpreted in their art. Following this the sketches begin. Each is accompanied by an illustration; this is not a reproduction of the artist’s work but rather a rendition of the place by the book’s author. Each essay gives information about both the place over time and the artist. Readers may then well be inspired to look up the specific art works mentioned. This is not a scholarly tome but a pleasant diversion. It offers a chance to contemplate places and art from one’s home and to enjoy spending time with artists both already loved and those new to the reader. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title. All opinions are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Inspiring whimsy! These 25 iconic and recognizable places are destinations to re-live and dream of, half of which I have had the fortunate to visit, some many times. But what the author said about "knowing" places we haven't been to is so true...through words and art we can feel we HAVE been there. And during covid we can dream with this book which captures the essence of place. Each entry includes paintings and descriptive paragraphs with history, what to see, beauty spots and other information. Inspiring whimsy! These 25 iconic and recognizable places are destinations to re-live and dream of, half of which I have had the fortunate to visit, some many times. But what the author said about "knowing" places we haven't been to is so true...through words and art we can feel we HAVE been there. And during covid we can dream with this book which captures the essence of place. Each entry includes paintings and descriptive paragraphs with history, what to see, beauty spots and other information. I really like the little symbols included which are fun to identify and make each place so special. My personal favourites include pastoral Constable Country with gentle streams, Giverny, Bern (chocolate and clock tower), Renaissance Florence (David and Florence Cathedra), incomparable iconic Venice and Elbe (romantic nature). The simplistic art is powerful and brings back gorgeous memories! I love that. If you wish to escape into art and interesting places, immerse yourself in this book. My sincere thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion and NetGalley for the privilege of reading this refreshing and lovely book!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Artistic Places is another beautiful volume in the Inspired Traveler’s Guide series. This one takes us to places inspired by art and artists. Each location is attributed to a work of art or artist that was inspired by the location. Details are given as to sites to see, such as the cafe or pond in the painting, or the artists museum at the location, just like a travel guide. Beautiful illustrations by Amy Grimes accompany each location-sometimes her rendering of the artwork itself, or the locatio Artistic Places is another beautiful volume in the Inspired Traveler’s Guide series. This one takes us to places inspired by art and artists. Each location is attributed to a work of art or artist that was inspired by the location. Details are given as to sites to see, such as the cafe or pond in the painting, or the artists museum at the location, just like a travel guide. Beautiful illustrations by Amy Grimes accompany each location-sometimes her rendering of the artwork itself, or the location. This was a beautiful book to make plans for future travel with. The majority of locations are in Europe and most if not all of the artists or artworks should be familiar to most people. I looked up each piece of art as I was reading, even if I was familiar with it, to help give me a better understanding of the author’s descriptions. In some cases, more than one work is notated. Definitely a must have for people who like like art and enjoy visiting museums on their travels. I have yet to be disappointed with a book in this series. Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for an ARC in exchange for a fair an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    This time the Inspired Traveler Guide takes as to 25 locations which have 'inspired' some great and notable artists of the last 500 years. Lavishly illustrated by Amy Grimes, the author and artist attempt to convey through art and words what captivated the heart and muse of any specific artisan. From Venice with Michelangelo to Frida Kahlo in Coyoacan, Mexico. Gauguin in Tahiti to Grant Wood in Iowa with Vermeer in the Netherlands and Hokusai and his series of Mount Fuji, Japan. The only real "ne This time the Inspired Traveler Guide takes as to 25 locations which have 'inspired' some great and notable artists of the last 500 years. Lavishly illustrated by Amy Grimes, the author and artist attempt to convey through art and words what captivated the heart and muse of any specific artisan. From Venice with Michelangelo to Frida Kahlo in Coyoacan, Mexico. Gauguin in Tahiti to Grant Wood in Iowa with Vermeer in the Netherlands and Hokusai and his series of Mount Fuji, Japan. The only real "negative" I could mention is that of the 25 locations, 18 are in Europe with 3 in the United States, and 1 each in northern Africa, the Far East, Mexico and Polynesia. Certainly Hodge had a difficult decision which to include and which to set aside. Perhaps she just chose artists that had more appeal to prospective readers especially with the series limitation of a mere 25 places. So maybe there should be a Artistic Places, book 2 or More Artistic Places in the future covering even more of those artists that have gifted the world with their magical insight. 2021-086

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucía

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *I was kindly sent this in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley* This is my second book by this author; a couple of years ago I read Why your five-year-old could not have done that: Modern Art Explained; which I loved, so I was pretty excited to find out she was coming out with a new book. This book was very informative, and it is clear that the author has thoroughly researched the places that she mentions. Some of them are very famous (like New York, Florence or Venice) but others I was ve *I was kindly sent this in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley* This is my second book by this author; a couple of years ago I read Why your five-year-old could not have done that: Modern Art Explained; which I loved, so I was pretty excited to find out she was coming out with a new book. This book was very informative, and it is clear that the author has thoroughly researched the places that she mentions. Some of them are very famous (like New York, Florence or Venice) but others I was very glad to discover things about, because even though I knew of the place, I knew very little about it (like Dessau and Bern). The illustrations are so beautiful I don’t even have the words to describe them. I kind of want to hang them in my house. The text was very hard to read, I don’t know if this was my fault or not, because of the format, but I almost gave up a couple of times because of how much it cost me to read the words.

  19. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Luminous locations! A stunning collection of paintings in various locations around the world. Artists include Kahlo (Coyoacan), Katsushika Hokusai (Mount Fuji) Canaletto (Venice) Matisse (Tangier)—a veritable smorgasbord of wonderfully creative and visionary practitioners and some of their fav places. I loved the places depicted, the stunning colors (for some I felt like pinks permeated the collection. Ok others shades of colors shine as well but my brain seemed to fixate on this) I wasn’t that sol Luminous locations! A stunning collection of paintings in various locations around the world. Artists include Kahlo (Coyoacan), Katsushika Hokusai (Mount Fuji) Canaletto (Venice) Matisse (Tangier)—a veritable smorgasbord of wonderfully creative and visionary practitioners and some of their fav places. I loved the places depicted, the stunning colors (for some I felt like pinks permeated the collection. Ok others shades of colors shine as well but my brain seemed to fixate on this) I wasn’t that sold on the layout. I wonder how it really works in hard copy due to the size 6” x 8.6”. This is about the size of my iPad which doesn't do the chosen works full justice. I want them to 'sing' on the pages. Still if you were carrying this around as a guide (when travel is an option) the size makes sense. The combinations of artists and places depicted--a winner makes! A Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion ARC via NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Misa

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Such an amazing read for lovers of art and travelling. This book attracted me first with its beautiful cover and after that it made me so eager to get back to it because of the wonderful and stunning artwork created by the illustrator that accompany each description of the places visited by some of the greatest artists of our time. Actually, Amy Grimes created her own vision of those places in her illustration Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Such an amazing read for lovers of art and travelling. This book attracted me first with its beautiful cover and after that it made me so eager to get back to it because of the wonderful and stunning artwork created by the illustrator that accompany each description of the places visited by some of the greatest artists of our time. Actually, Amy Grimes created her own vision of those places in her illustrations and not the visions of the real artists named in the book. I loved the author's original idea about this book. I loved to read about what inspired some of my favorite artists such as Dali, Monet, Michelangelo, Kahlo, Matisse and Klimt. That was so precious. In such a time where you can't go to any place this book would make you imagine and dream about all those beautiful landscapes and might inspire you to visit them in the future. I

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sayani

    A guidebook of various places that have been drawn and painted in various famous paintings like Guernica in Spain, Giverny in France, and Arles in France. Unfortunately, the book falls short of my expectations. Despite the stunning cover illustration (one of the additional reasons I chose the book), I expected actual photographs of these said places which were the source of inspiration for so many artists juxtaposed alongside actual paintings and not the digitally-created illustrations which are A guidebook of various places that have been drawn and painted in various famous paintings like Guernica in Spain, Giverny in France, and Arles in France. Unfortunately, the book falls short of my expectations. Despite the stunning cover illustration (one of the additional reasons I chose the book), I expected actual photographs of these said places which were the source of inspiration for so many artists juxtaposed alongside actual paintings and not the digitally-created illustrations which are basically reproductions. They are beautiful in their own accord but they do not serve the aim of the book. Anyone who wishes to travel to Arles and imagine what it must have been like for van Gogh to paint living in that place will want to see van Gogh's paintings and the real snapshots of Arles to get a congruent picture.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Adeline Dimitrov

    As a lover for both art and books, I absolutely loved the combination of the illustration and words. The illustration visionary guide transported me to another place, and I felt that I connected with the artist and the destination itself. The downside of this book is that some people might expect to just see illustrations and will have to read to really capture the landscapes and places of great art. This book can also help with relaxation because of the whole pandemic situation we cannot travel As a lover for both art and books, I absolutely loved the combination of the illustration and words. The illustration visionary guide transported me to another place, and I felt that I connected with the artist and the destination itself. The downside of this book is that some people might expect to just see illustrations and will have to read to really capture the landscapes and places of great art. This book can also help with relaxation because of the whole pandemic situation we cannot travel, but reading this book, made it feel as if I was physically there. I will definitely buy it when the the book gets publish! Thank you to NetGalley and Quatro Publishing Group - White Lion for giving me a chance to read and review this book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    CosyReads

    You'd really have to read this book in print form to truly appreciate and enjoy it. The cover is gorgeous, I'd be immediately drawn to it if I saw it sitting on the shelf. The illustrations are very pretty and pleasing, and the colour palette used is bright and welcoming. I especially enjoyed the reimagined artworks of the different locations. There is a great balance of text and imagery, with a generous amount of both to please both history readers and those just here to look at the pretty art. You'd really have to read this book in print form to truly appreciate and enjoy it. The cover is gorgeous, I'd be immediately drawn to it if I saw it sitting on the shelf. The illustrations are very pretty and pleasing, and the colour palette used is bright and welcoming. I especially enjoyed the reimagined artworks of the different locations. There is a great balance of text and imagery, with a generous amount of both to please both history readers and those just here to look at the pretty art. Thank you so much to Netgalley & The Quarto Group/White Lion Publishing for allowing me access to a free e-copy, in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Artistic Places contains beautiful illustrations of places that inspired artists accompanied by information about the place and the artists inspired by them. This was such a creative book! It was so interesting to read through and see the spots that inspired artists. Places around the world that inspired Klimt, Munch, Picasso, and O'Keefe were a few of the featured destinations that I particularly enjoyed. Reading an art historian's perspective was fascinating when it came to examining how the lo Artistic Places contains beautiful illustrations of places that inspired artists accompanied by information about the place and the artists inspired by them. This was such a creative book! It was so interesting to read through and see the spots that inspired artists. Places around the world that inspired Klimt, Munch, Picasso, and O'Keefe were a few of the featured destinations that I particularly enjoyed. Reading an art historian's perspective was fascinating when it came to examining how the locations featured inspired the work of great painters. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    I was drawn to this book by the wonderful artwork on the cover, The idea of exploring some of the landscapes and places captured by famous artists was an intriguing one and I thought that the information given about the artists' relationships with the places was interesting. I was, however, surprised that the actual paintings being discussed did not appear in the book, and although it is easy enough now to search for the art online, it seems strange it wouldn't be figured in the book. Thanks to I was drawn to this book by the wonderful artwork on the cover, The idea of exploring some of the landscapes and places captured by famous artists was an intriguing one and I thought that the information given about the artists' relationships with the places was interesting. I was, however, surprised that the actual paintings being discussed did not appear in the book, and although it is easy enough now to search for the art online, it seems strange it wouldn't be figured in the book. Thanks to NetGalley and publishers, Quarto Publishing Group - White Lion Publishing, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I completely love travel excursions through photography, so I curious to try the same with hand illustrations. I was not disappointed. The illustrations were beautiful, and the descriptions were informative. I had to use my imagination a little more than other travel books, which was a nice change and challenge. I was able to research and learn beyond what was provided, which is always a sign of a good book to me. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley and all opini I completely love travel excursions through photography, so I curious to try the same with hand illustrations. I was not disappointed. The illustrations were beautiful, and the descriptions were informative. I had to use my imagination a little more than other travel books, which was a nice change and challenge. I was able to research and learn beyond what was provided, which is always a sign of a good book to me. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley and all opinions expressed are my own, freely given.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    A beautiful and informative collection of art and places! This is such a great collection of art pieces and the info on the artists and places was such a nice read! I think this would make a great read for anyone who loves art, places, and exploring! *Thanks Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group – White Lion for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Seher

    Thank you NetGalley for this ARC! This is a very pretty book, with a lot of information. However, it falls short in one key aspect; I find it a little strange that you would make a book on artistic places, but not include any of the artists own works or even pictures of those places. What's the point? Thank you NetGalley for this ARC! This is a very pretty book, with a lot of information. However, it falls short in one key aspect; I find it a little strange that you would make a book on artistic places, but not include any of the artists own works or even pictures of those places. What's the point?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    After reading a bit I gave up and just flipped through looking at the artwork. What really bugged me was reading the description of the artwork and not being able to see it. I want to see the artwork itself as I read not an illustrator's version of the artwork. Not all version are bad as you can see from the cover but it's just a way to grab the reader to pick it. After reading a bit I gave up and just flipped through looking at the artwork. What really bugged me was reading the description of the artwork and not being able to see it. I want to see the artwork itself as I read not an illustrator's version of the artwork. Not all version are bad as you can see from the cover but it's just a way to grab the reader to pick it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Knight

    A beautiful book to escape into for some armchair travel. Amy Grimes' illustrations for this book are stunning, but I would have liked it to have also included images of the original artworks that inspired each selection. A beautiful book to escape into for some armchair travel. Amy Grimes' illustrations for this book are stunning, but I would have liked it to have also included images of the original artworks that inspired each selection.

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