New Orleans is a city renowned for its bustling streets, unique and diverse culture, and beautiful Dixieland jazz music.The old-timey feel of modern New Orleans is internationally recognized as a great place to enjoy a nice bowl of gumbo, learn about American history, and of course, party! But what makes New Orleans so timeless and perfect for fine art is its unforgettable landscapes. If you’ve been to New Orleans or just seen an artist’s illustration of it, you know exactly what I’m talking about! Many would describe it as French style architecture with an American flare and I don’t think I could describe it better myself. Without further ado, we’re going to talk about a few reasons why New Orleans is the perfect theme for fine art.
Whether it’s a scene of the famed Cafe du Monde or the devilishly delicious beignet, New Orleans cuisine brings back memories of a simpler time, a time when you didn’t have to worry about having to see the bill after chowing down on a mega lobster dinner!
Although some of New Orleans was undoubtedly based off French architecture, it would be impossible to mistake it for being a rip-off of Parisian design. New Orleans has its own style that flaunts itself with its beautiful pastel colors and rustic design. The majority of buildings in the French Quarter are second generation Creole and Greek revival and date from the first half of the 19th century.
The music of New Orleans is one that’s of purely American origins. Although Dixieland style jazz isn’t popular many places in the United States other than the east coast, it’s still one that’s instantly recognizable by just about anyone. Streetside Dixieland bands are often depicted in New Orleans fine art because the music matches so well with the setting that you can practically hear the music coming off the canvas.
When talking about New Orleans, it would be a mistake not to mention its culture. New Orleans has many ethnic backgrounds. Due to colonialism, French is chief among them, and although French isn’t commonly spoken in daily life, its expressions and pronunciation have influenced the dialects of New Orleans. New Orleans has also seen Hispanic immigrants in the 18th century.If you’d like to continue learning about New Orleans and what makes it so unique in American history, stay tuned to our blog. If you want to view and purchase some of the most beautiful New Orleans paintings, browse Brad Thompson’s art collection here!