You definitely know these famous artworks, but can you identify the real life buildings featured in each one?
Andrew Wyeth was a close friend of Christina and Alvaro Olsen, who owned the Cushing, Maine home that would be immortalized in Wyeth's famous 1948 painting Christina's World. It was also depicted in numerous lesser-known paintings by the artist, who was allowed to wander through the house at leisure and even operated a studio out of an upstairs room. The Olsen House is now owned and operated by the .
A surprisingly modest Carpenter Gothic home in Eldon, Iowa inspired one of America's most famous 20th-century paintings (only the house appeared in preliminary sketches of the painting). Today, it functions as the , offering props to road trippers looking to fluff their Instagram feeds with their own interpretations of the famous pose.
Fans of Southern Comfort are more than a little familiar with the Currier & Ives Lithograph A Home on the Mississippi—it graced the bottle of the popular liquor from the end of the Prohibition Era until the company was rebranded in 2010. Though Currier and Ives are most often associated with the piece, their lithograph was based on an original 1871 work by Alfred Waud. The famous mansion shown in the scene is the privately-owned in West Point a La Hache, Louisiana, and it appears today much as it did in Waud's time.
Edward Hopper could often be elusive when it came to subject matter (the setting of his most famous painting, Nighthawks, is most certainly a composite of multiple New York City buildings). But in the case of his 1929 work Lighthouse at Two Lights, Hopper depicted Cape Elizabeth's much as it actually exists—as a shining, solitary beacon, and to Hopper (who summered in Maine), a symbol of a calm life far away from the chaos of the big city.
The , but that doesn't stop tourists from flocking to one of the most photographed cafés in Arles, France. Located on the Place du Forum, the yellow building that now houses Le Café La Nuit served as the setting for Vincent Van Gogh's famous 1888 painting Café Terrace at Night—perhaps the first of the artist's paintings to depict the kind starry backgrounds for which he would later be known.
Main Street in Stockbridge, Massachusetts looks nearly identical to the way it was portrayed in Norman Rockwell's . But that's no surprise—the artist knew it well, having lived in Stockbridge for the last 25 years of his life. Make sure to , when it recreates the painting to a tee, right down to the vintage automobiles parked exactly where they belong.
If not for Grandma Moses, the local landmark known as the Checkered House (which burned down in 1907) might be a forgotten slice of Cambridge, New York's history. Thankfully, we have many ways to remember the charming one-time inn, which the renowned American folk artist in various seasons. The Checkered House series is perhaps Moses' most well-known collections of paintings.
Arguably the most recognizable bedroom in the world was occupied by Vincent Van Gogh during his years in Arles, France (the room was recently replicated as an ). The famous space was inside a small yellow house on the Place Lamartine in which Van Gogh lived beginning in 1888, and which served as his beloved "Studio of the South." The house was damaged during World War II and later demolished, but it lives on in at least two well-known works by the artist: The Bedroom at Arles and (aka The Street). Today, a four-story building stands in its place.