Van Gogh’s Langlois Bridge

At the age of 35, Vincent van Gogh seemed drawn to the Langlois Bridge in Arles, France.  During his stay in Arles in 1888, he completed four oil paintings, one watercolor, and four drawings of the bridge. The Langlois Bridge was a drawbridge that crossed over the Arles to Bouc canal.  It was one of eleven draw bridges built by a Dutch engineer over the channel that ran from Arles to Port-du-Bouc.  In the first half of the 19th century, new canals were built in southern France to expand the canal network leading to the Mediterranean Sea. Outside of Arles, the first bridge was officially named “Pont de Réginelle” but …..

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