What was once art has become real as classic paintings of rooms are created in real life.
Painters love to paint rooms. Why? Because they don’t move and they’re really good to practice perspective. This has been true throughout art history, rarely do we get to see things reversed: when a painting becomes a real room.
The paintings themselves can become sort of like time capsules, proving a glimpse of what life was like in the 19th or 20th century. They show the painter’s life in a candid sort of way that you just don’t get from self-portraits. They show how the painter lived and not just what they looked like.
Home Advisor decided to take this idea to the next level and commission some interior decorators to actually recreate the rooms from famous paintings in real life. They all came out absolutely stunning, but two in particular really stood out.
First is Van Gogh’s “Bedroom”. Van Gogh painted this one in 1888 when he was living in Aries in the South of France. This was when his distinctive style of bright, boldly colored oil paintings really came into its own, and we see one of Van Gogh’s first paintings in this style here.
And then we see it in real life! Fun fact: the real room that Van Gogh painted was actually not rectangular, but trapezoidal. It’s Van Gogh’s style that made the room seem rectangular. Also, there were three different versions of the painting. The first was damaged in a flood and was recreated in a second painting. A third version was painted by Van Gogh that was smaller and featured a tiny self-portrait in the upper right-hand corner--that’s the version that the interior decorator used to create this room.
Our second painting is “Living Room” by Roy Lichtenstein. Roy is a pop artist, that is a sect of artists that draw inspiration from modern media and popular culture. If you remember seeing those paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans by Andy Warhol, then you’ve got the right idea.
Lichtenstein was less about cans of soup and more about comic strips. His style used dots and lines to represent shading and coloring as though straight out of a newspaper.
We can see the room designers opted to use real wood for the floor, but kept the bold colors for the sofa pillows, lamp, and vases. The paintings on the wall aren’t exact replicas, but you get the idea.
For more, check out Home Advisors’ page for even more rooms recreated in real life.