The best puzzles for art-lovers
Puzzles are a great way to spend time relaxing, or as an activity to do while watching TV or chatting with friends and family. Here, we've put together a list of our favourites for puzzle and art lovers alike!
Everyone loves a good puzzle, especially art lovers. While you don't need to be an art enthusiast to enjoy a puzzle, there's nothing better than sitting down to do a puzzle, only to see that you've created one of your favourite artworks by the end! Piece together your favourite painting with the help of our picks below.
The Ginger Fox Carnovsky 3 in 1 Ocean Puzzle, £12.99, from Amazon
This 500 piece ocean-themed jigsaw puzzle explores the interaction between colour and light through the visionary work of Carnovsky, whose RGB artworks was first shown during Milan Design Week in 2010. Three different images sit on top of each other, and it is only until you put on the included red, green, and blue viewing glasses that you can see the three stunning pictures.
Garden at Sainte-Adresse, £29.95, from Wentworth Puzzles
Piece together one of Monet's most famous works, Garden at Sainte-Adresse. This traditional wooden puzzle includes whimsy, irregularly shaped pieces, which is bound to keep you entertained for hours.
David Hockney Jigsaw Puzzle No 299, £22, from Royal Academy of Arts
This 750 piece jigsaw puzzle celebrates the major exhibition David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Complete with a cotton storage pouch, this puzzle is great for any modern art lover.
Now House by Jonathan Adler Vertigo Puzzle, £21.50, from George's Whitstables Stores
Jonathan Adler is a design company that creates luxe interiors and chic products that are synonymous with modern American glamour. This puzzle, complete with a sturdy matte-finish storage box, when pieced together produces a kaleidoscopic wave of bright colours that would look great on the table of any home.
Flowers in a Vase 3D Jigsaw Puzzle, £20, from National Gallery
Van Brussel was one of the most famous Dutch still-life painters, popular for his paintings of flowers, fruits, and interiors. Currently on view at the National Gallery in London, this puzzle can help you see the work of Van Brussel come to life in your very own home!
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William Morris Fine Art Wandle Chintz Jigsaw Puzzle, £12.50, from Closs & Hamblin
The iconic textiles of William Morris can be seen almost anywhere in the UK, so it's no surprise that many of his designs have been made into jigsaw puzzles as well. This challenging, yet entertaining puzzle is great for art & design and puzzle lovers alike!
L.S. Lowry: Going to Work Jigsaw Puzzle, £12.99, from Flame Tree Publishing
British artist L.S. Lowry is famous for painting industrial scenes of his hometown of Pendlebury, Lancashire. The bustling crowd and fluid nature of Lowry's paintings might make this puzzle a but difficult, but the final product is sure to be worth it.
Kristjana S. Williams Down the Rabbit Hole Puzzle, £25, from V&A
Icelandic artist Kristjana S. Williams was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for her piece Down the Rabbit Hole, now made into a puzzle! This whimsical scene is great for beginner and experienced puzzlers alike.
The World of Yayoi Kusama 1000 Piece Puzzle, £13.50, from George's Whitstables Stores
Yayoi Kusama is a world renown artist, known for her compulsive use of dots and mesmerising installation pieces. While this puzzle is slightly different than the ones mentioned here before it, this art jigsaw puzzle is a biographical source for Kusama's life and her art. Once you've completed the puzzle you can discern references to her artworks, artistic collaborators, her friends and family, and most importantly, her love of the polka dot.
Frank Lloyd Wright City By The Sea Jigsaw Puzzle, £16.50, from George's Whitsable Stores
Wright designed his piece City by the Sea as a mural in 1913 for a large entertainment complex in Chicago called Midway Gardens. His abstract geometric design uses vibrant blues and pastel hues to create the impression of a Chicago skyline at night as if viewed through an apartment window.
Frida Kahlo Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird Jigsaw Puzzle, £21.99, from Rest in Pieces
Everyone knows Frida Kahlo. Her infamous Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird is so popular that it comes as no surprise that its been made into a puzzle as well. Her surrealist style is ever-evident in this painting and the symbols depicted attest to her difficult life. While the undertones of this painting seem counter-intuitive to a lighthearted afternoon of puzzling, any art lover would love the change to get their hands on a painting by Kahlo!
Zoffany Tribuna of the Uffizi Jigsaw Puzzle, £14, from The Puzzle Academy
Zoffany's Tribuna of the Uffizi attests to the British love of Greek and Roman antiquity in the 17th and 18th centuries. Such a fascination was spurred by many wealthy aristocrats' tours of Greek and Rome, famously called "The Great Tour." The completed puzzle depicts men in the gallery of the Florence Uffizi Gallery, a famous painting in and of itself, but also depictions of other famous works of art, like Venus of Urbino by Titian and a statue of Aphrodite.
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