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Posted by Iain Brunt on 08/02/2014

Art and travel

Art and the traveller Artists have often been inspired to paint their surroundings since the beginning of time; even those who don’t count themselves as artists have been tempted to pick up the brush. Any environment or landscape different to our own is enough to inspire us, or make us want to produce some permanent memory on the page or canvas of what we have seen, so we can saviour that image again and again. So many beautiful countries and so many beautiful images to capture in one lifetime. One country that has inspired artists through the years is France, which has led some artists to create their best work such as Monet, Van Gogh, and Cezanne. Their creations have given us much to enjoy and admire. Van Gogh created his most famous painting during his time in France. While staying in Arles he created The Starry Night, a beautiful creation that captured the imagination. Paul Cezanne spent over a decade in Ain-en-Provence and created the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a location some distance from Ain-en-Provence itself, this was at a time when Cezanne was at his most creative. Claude Monet created the Water Lilies at the beginning of the 20th century and was inspired by his garden at Giverny. A piece of artwork inspired by travelling doesn’t necessarily have to be a reproduction of what you’ve seen, it can be a sculpture or a print that reminds a person of a point in time, a certain colour theme, anything that brings you back to the place you visited. Spring travels Spring is almost upon us, although judging by the weather you wouldn’t think it, but you may be thinking of travelling yourself, perhaps a trek around Nepal, or trip to India, or maybe something more calming, a few weeks in France perhaps, or a few days in Spain. Whatever you do and wherever you go, you may be inspired to pick up a camera, a paintbrush, or a pencil and recreate what’s inspired you the most on your travels, if you do then don’t worry about creating another Cezanne, or a Van Gogh. Simply do what comes naturally, and create the one thing that will remind you of some of your happiest times. If you don’t feel inspired by creating a piece of artwork yourself and you’re passing through London City Airport, do take a look at the some of the works there by some of the most talented artists in the world. You may find something that speaks volumes about your own travels, a permanent reminder of a space in time when your worries were left far behind, but hurry this amazing exhibition is closing shortly so don’t miss out.