In search of the locations that served as inspiration for one of the most famous artists ever to have lived.
Whether you know him for his sunflowers, starry nights or significant lack of a lobe, there’s a fair chance you’ve heard of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. But where did the peerless earless artist travel in his lifetime and which locations helped inspire his most famous works? Listen up and we’ll tell you…
London’s Van Gogh Walk used to be a rather traditional run-of-the-mill street but was transformed through a community-focused project in 2013. The dramatic facelift changed ordinary old Isabel Street into a child-friendly space filled with plants, sculptures and play areas inspired by the artist’s works. Van Gogh lived in nearby Hackford Road in 1873 when he was working for a firm based in Covent Garden. While living in No. 87, he supposedly fell in love with his landlord’s daughter.
As well as promoting a greener, friendly neighbourhood in SW9, the Van Gogh Walk also has its own Twitter account and you can even follow his exact walk to work from Hackford Road to the National Gallery via the maps available on the website.
Take a clockwise road trip around Ireland, starting in Dublin and visiting some of the country’s most notable traditional music locations.
If there’s one thing people now know about Marie Antoinette, it’s that she never actually said, “Let them eat cake.” But if this — and that Kirsten Dunst movie — represent the sum of your knowledge, a visit to any or all of the following places should prove highly illuminating. For once you shine a light on her fantastical life, you see a woman who has been widely written off as vain, vapid and disgustingly self-obsessed but was, in truth, far more sinned against than guilty of sinning.