Living in a large city or town has many advantages. Most often, there is unlimited access to just about anything you could desire such as food and shopping options, and cultural and social events in great number and variety. With all of this available, one thing lacking between the walls of brick and mortar is a commodity crucial to our well being – vast green spaces.
Luckily, most major cities and even the majority of small towns have dedicated public gardens or parks. From New York City’s Central Park to the great gardens of Europe, these sanctuaries provide the city dweller an escape from the hustle and bustle of urban living into something more simple and serene.
As long as there have been public parks, there have been artists present to immortalize them in works of art. Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” taking over two years to complete and known for its detailed depiction of both natural beauty and human nature, may be the most famous of his studies of park life. Seurat, however, returned to the theme again and again during his career.
A quick keyword search of the word “park” on Zatista proves that artists today are no less fascinated by this setting, accommodating as it does such a wide range of styles and subject choices from portraits, to leisure activities, to the architecture of bridges and fountains, to simple green lawns and colorful flowers.
Fortunately for us, these artists continue to capture outdoor scenes and bring them indoors for us to enjoy wherever we live, at any time of year. With a long cold winter ahead, it’s nice to know that thanks to these talented artists, we don’t have to wait until spring to take a walk in the park.
Brian Sylvester is a guest blogger on WallSpin, and an artist on Zatista.
- Central Park-What New Yorkers Do! (pbenjay.wordpress.com)
- Insta-Meme (zatista.com)
- America’s Best City Parks (forbes.com)
- The World’s 10 Best Cities for Parks (frommers.com)