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Inside the Artful Homes of O'Keeffe, Picasso, de Kooning, More!

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The conceptual photographer Cindy Sherman snapped up a ten-acre compound in Long Island's artsiest little enclave, Springs, in September, paying $4.65M for a spread that last sold in '09 for $5.2M. After scoring that deal, she listed this Greek Revival house in Sag Harbor, her former summer haunt, for $4M. The listing for the Sag home doesn't make mention of any artist-specific features, so this might not have functioned as a studio, but it does drop that the four-bedroom house is "owned by one of the world's most acclaimed contemporary artists." With a casual feel, stone-edged swimming pool, and a location within walking distance of downtown, it won't take another artist's eye to see some value in this estate.

? A famous female artist of a previous generation, Georgia O'Keeffe spent much of her life living and working in the American Southwest, where she found inspiration for some of her most recognizable themes, like the sun-bleached animal skull. She split her time in the desert between the Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu, N.M., where, from 1945 to 1949, she restored a run-down adobe structure into a 5,000-square-foot home and studio. That house is now open for public tours on select dates.

? Not all artists studios will be preserved for future generations, including those of pop artist James Rosenquist, or at least one set of them. His home and a pair of studios in Aripeka, Fla., which the artist had designed with architect Gilbert Flores in 1976, burned to the ground in a brushfire in 2009. Lost in that fire were 15 new canvases destined for a New York show and a massive mural commissioned by the French government that measured 133 feet by 24 feet. Thankfully, no one was injured in the blaze, and Rosenquist pressed on to produce art for the show.

? One of the most revered painters of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso took up residence in a faded but magnificent chateau in the Provençal town of Vauvenargues, France. The master was frequently photographed in the chateau's sparsely furnished environs, but lived there for only three years before moving to Mougins to live out the rest of his days. Upon his passing, officials in Mougins would not permit his burial on that property, so his wife decided to have him interred at the chateau. Still owned by the Picasso family, the house has only recently become more accessible to the public.

? While taking a look at the recently re-released Arch Digest tour of the late Willem de Kooning's East Hampton, N.Y. home and studio, we happen upon something rather interesting. The very same photograph of Picasso at the chateau we featured above hangs in a cluttered corner of de Kooning's home. The celebrated Dutch-American abstract expressionist was clearly taken with scene, to feature it on the wall of his home. To see more of de Kooning's East Hampton residence, click over to AD, for the feature that was originally shot in January 1982.

· Photographer Cindy Sherman Buys in Artsy Hamptons Enclave [Curbed National]
· Artists Oasis in Sag Harbor Village [BHS]
· Her Houses [Georgia O'Keeffe Museum]
· Dream Studios: Rosenquist's Studio Burns Down [The Phantom Darkroom]
· Picasso, Picasso, Picasso, Picasso [For Pilar]
· AD Visits: Willem de Kooning [AD]