The Langlois Bridge at Arles by Vincent van Gogh

In 1888, during his time in Arles, France, Vincent van Gogh created a number of paintings and drawings of the Langlois Bridge. “As for my work, I brought back a size 15 canvas today. It is a drawbridge over which passes a little cart, standing out against a blue sky – the river blue as well, the banks orange coloured with grass and a group of women washing linen in smocks and multicoloured caps.” You can read more about it here: http://blog.vangoghgallery.com/index.php/2013/01/03/van-goghs-langlois-bridge/ Letter Source: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/469.htm

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Van Gogh at the Seaside – Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saint Marys of the Sea) is the capital of Camargue in the south of France.  Van Gogh made a trip to the small Mediterranean fishing village at the beginning of June in the summer of 1888.  At the time, Van Gogh was living in Arles and took the week-long trip hoping to recover from a bout of health issues.  While on the trip, he created a number of seaside drawings and paintings; two paintings of the sea, one painting of the village and nine drawings.  On June 4, 1888 he wrote to Theo saying, “I brought three canvases and have covered them – two marines, a view of the …..

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Monsieur Ginoux

In November of 1888, while living in the Yellow House with Gauguin, Van Gogh created a portrait of Madame Ginoux which she must have found satisfactory.  A month later, Van Gogh painted a portrait of Monsieur Joseph-Michel Ginoux.  Paul Gauguin also created a portrait of Monsieur Ginoux. Van Gogh clearly held fond feelings for Madame and Monsieur Ginoux and considered them to be among his friends.  In a letter to them at the end of December 1889 he wrote to Mr. Ginoux and his ill wife, “I assure you that it will be hard for me to leave the South; I say this to all of you who have become …..

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