The term artist-in-residence truly hits home in the work spaces of these American masters.

By Claire Sullivan
February 27, 2019
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Photo by Art Evans. ©Norman Rockwell Museum. All rights reserved.

Whether you're in a creative slump and in need of inspiration or are just want to plan a vacation that's steeped in culture, recharge at one of these legend's art studios. You'll leave with a newfound appreciation.

Thomas Hart Benton

Step into the Kansas City, Missouri, abode of the 20th-century painter and muralist Thomas Hart Benton and you'll find the space just as he left it, with clusters of paint-stained brushes and even a stretched canvas intended for his next masterpiece. Get a slice of his everyday life, too-the studio is set in his carriage house, where he lived until his death in 1975.

Georgia O'Keeffe

After you admire her work at her namesake museum in Santa Fe, head to Georgia O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiú, New Mexico, to spot some of her favorite focal points, like the shimmering cottonwood trees growing nearby and her green patio door. A newly-restored garden has rows of vegetables that were originally grown by the artist.

Norman Rockwell

A Shaker-style carpenter helped the prolific American illustrator Norman Rockwell turn his Stockbridge, Massachusetts, carriage house into what he called his "best studio yet." While you're there, take in the bucolic scenery as he did, by bike: You can ride the same four-mile trek he frequented to nearby Lake Averic.

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner

The East Hampton home of this power couple includes a barn-turned-studio where Pollock laid canvases that he'd splatter paint into famous works like "Autumn Rhythm." While his marks remain on the floor, Krasner's are on the wall (she had a more traditional approach to painting). Inside their home, you can see Pollock's jazz collection and their shared library.

Howard Finster

The folk artist's eclectic style is evident in Paradise Garden, his Summerville, Georgia, sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of his work. For a full-on immersion, spend a night in one of the on-site suites, which you can book on Airbnb.

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