Moorland and merciless mountains might be the bête noire of the Tour de France cyclists for the next 21 days, but how have artists represented or interpreted the terrain or towns that the cyclists will be passing through? Can the route of the Tour de France be mapped through works of art?
A number of artists in Tate’s art collection have made works that relate to the locations or type of terrain that feature in the route of the epic race. Representing the entire route through art was a challenge, but through Google Maps and the Tate collection, we bring you some of the English and French legs of the Tour de France mapped through art.
Stage one of the race saw the competitors cycling from Leeds to Harrogate and we have charted this initial part of the route here. See more of the Tour de France art route on the Tour de France Art Map.
At 11.10, stage one began in Leeds and here is the city’s market depicted by Harold Gilman.
By 12.33, cyclists passed through Addingham, here’s Turner’s Addingham Mill.
After two hours of cycling at, 13.27, cyclists passed through the village of Buckden, depicted beautifully in a storm here by Piper, then they’re straight into the first big climb.
At 14.52, another climb takes place on Grinton Moor and here is Turner’s Grinton in a sketchbook.
By 15.50, cyclists continue through Ripon, here is Ripon Minster on the Rivers Ure and Skell. The cyclists will ride near and also cross over River Ure pictured here.
Towards 16.16, cyclists approached the final town of Harrogate, and Knaresborough castle would be in the distance. Here’s Peter de Wint’s Knaresborough Castle.
See more art on the Tour de France Art Map