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Enjoying Art Al Fresco

As the weather begins to warm up, one of the most enjoyable things to do is enjoy a good meal with family and friends in the fresh air. Not everyone has the availability of a good place to dine al fresco, so here at overstockart, we wanted to give you something to help you imagine your own outdoor dining space. Here are a few of our favorite scenes showing a place for a lovely meal.

The Luncheon

Claude Monet-The Luncheon

The Luncheon by Claude Monet, is a subtle piece of life seen through an impressionist view.  In it, the artist depicts a scene from ordinary life, with a table set for lunch in the foreground and people socializing in the background. The small child that plays just behind the table is happy to be enjoying the beautiful outdoor setting, which you can enjoy as well.

Cafe Italy

Unknown Artists-Cafe Italy

Café Italy, a painting by unknown artists, captures the alluring appeal of this country in one simple yet captivating scene. The sloping hills in the distance and lush flowers call to mind the intoxicating natural beauty of Italy, while the café in the foreground looks undeniably inviting. It’s the type of place where you can imagine spending hours gazing out at the sea and sipping on a warm cappuccino.

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Georges Seurat-Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

Sunday, Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte is Georges Seurat’s most famous painting and one of 19th century’s biggest icons. Seurat took a scientific approach to painting and believed color could be used to evoke emotion from a viewer. In this idealic scene of people enjoying an afternoon in the park, you can feel the joy emanating from the bright colors. It will make you wish you could join the crowd.

Cafe Terrace at Night

Vincent Van Gogh-Cafe Terrace at Night

Vincent Van Gogh’s Cafe Terrace at Night was created in Arles, France at a local coffee house. The vibrant combination of warm colors and depth of perspective are definitely unique to Van Gogh’s style of painting. This is the first painting Van Gogh started using backgrounds filled with stars in his work, predating even Starry Night. Pretend you are enjoying the night sky beneath them in your own home.

The Bench

Edouard Manet-The Bench

The Bench is a peaceful garden scene by French painter Edouard Manet and is impressionism at its best. It creates the illusion of a quiet escape from the world, hidden by flowers and highlighted by the sunlight. It appears to be the perfect place to enjoy a meal with family or friends, or even alone when you would like some privacy. Bring that perfection into your own space and enjoy it at any time.

We hope that some of these pieces will inspire you to find your own perfect place to dine outside. Enjoy the warm weather of the summer and the cool breeze of the outdoors. If you are looking for even more of the natural beauty offered by art, be sure to browse our landscape gallery.

About the Author

Amanda graduated from the University of Kansas, where she studied English literature and got a masters degree in library sciences. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing with her nephews. Her best friend is her little dog Brady.