Here's a sampling of pieces from the exhibition, which explores the intersection of place and creativity: the cities, towns, landscapes and experiences that inspire ideas and great works. Hemingway purposefully sought out places conducive to his writing—Paris and Key West, among others—but he lived and worked in Cuba longer than in any other setting. Drawing offered a fascinating way for me to deeply see and experience these locales, and to document a personal response to the places and people we encountered. These watercolor sketches offer an authentic, eye-witness look at today’s Cuba, where past and present intertwine, and at many of the largely unchanged settings that fueled Hemingway’s imagination and some of his best writing.
|View across Havana Viejo from the roof of the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where Hemingway lived and wrote for several years before purchasing the Finca Vigia outside Havana.|
|This view to the sea from a window in La Terraza restaurant in Cojimar is described in the closing scene of "The Old Man and the Sea," for which won Hemingway a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954.|