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Active Living - Art

Added 665 days ago. 16 January 2018

Whether you live in a city or the country, art walks are a great way to see stunning locations with a new perspective.

Throughout history, artists have sketched and painted the places they live or visit, and today many local art trails allow you to discover the art and artists of your region.

 

​Take a walk on the ART SIDE

Whether you live in a city or the country, art walks are a great way to see stunning locations with a new perspective

Art comes in many forms, and we all have our own view of what makes a place beautiful, but have you ever considered where you live as a source of creative inspiration? Throughout history, artists have sketched and painted the places they live or visit, and most towns and cities have a museum or collection of local artwork on show.

Landscape art took off in the 17th century, where previously it had provided the backdrop for a portrait, religious or historical scene. In the 19th century a more natural style became popular and artists such as Constable, Turner and the French impressionists Monet, Renoir, Degas and Cezanne captured stunning scenery, much of which can still be seen today.

From John Constable’s scenes of rural England, as shown in Flatford Mill, to the squalor of Gin Lane depicted by William Hogarth, and Derby Day on Epsom Downs by William Powell Frith, great landscapes can perfectly capture a time and place in history.

Across the UK, many tour guides and groups run art walks which provide a narrative to the places that have inspired these great artists. Offering a brilliant way to get out and about and develop your knowledge about a place, why not find a local art trail and discover the art and artists of your region?

Draw Inspiration

ENGLAND

John Constable is famous for The Hay Wain, but painted scenes of Salisbury Cathedral (above) and Stonehenge.

SCOTLAND

Englishman JMW Turner captured the beauty of Fingal’s Cave. Take a boat tour and marvel at its scenery.

WALES

With Snowdon behind, artist Richard Wilson depicted Dolbadarn Castle, now a major tourist attraction.

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