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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