Bridge at Arles/ Pont de Langlois (1888, Arles)
Method: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 54cm x 65cm (21.3in x 25.6in)
Location: Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
Painter's Age: 35 yrs
“I’ve never had such good fortune; nature here is extraordinarily beautiful. Everything and everywhere. The dome of the sky is a wonderful blue, the sun has a pale sulphur radiance, and it’s soft and charming, like the combination of celestial blues and yellows in paintings by Vermeer of Delft.” *Vermeer of Delft = Johannes Vermeer = creator of Girl with a Pearl Earring. (From Vince to Theo van Gogh, his younger brother, 1888 in Arles)
An enchanted story of Vincent Van Gogh and Japan.
In February of 1888, #VincentVanGogh moved to the town of #Arles in the #SouthofFrance , where he found himself enchanted by the landscape. So began an extraordinarily fertile period of #creativity for the #artist , marked by the completion of more than 200 #paintings , 100 #watercolors and #sketches .
During this period, #VanGogh hungered for a source of serenity and he found it in an improbable source — #japaneseart and its attendant philosophy. #Japanese#ukiyoeprints had graced the walls of his former studio in Antwerp for three years. Van Gogh formulated the profound effect this aesthetic tradition had on his psyche. He studied their #composition and #color , often replicating them in his own work.
In a letter to his brother Theo,
“If we study Japanese art, you see a man who is undoubtedly wise, philosophic and intelligent, who spends his time how? In studying the distance between the earth and the moon? No. In studying the policy of Bismarck? No. He studies a single blade of grass.
And you cannot study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much gayer and happier, and we must return to nature in spite of our education and our work in a world of convention…
I envy the Japanese the extreme clearness which everything has in their work. It never is wearisome, and never seems to be done too hurriedly. Their work is as simple as breathing, and they do a figure in a few sure strokes with the same ease as if it were as simple as buttoning your coat…”
I decided to give “Loving Vincent” a view. It covers a man searching for the real reason the illustrious Vincent Van Gogh took his life, and the entirety is seen in nothing but beautiful brush strokes and in my opinion: well written and executed. Painting is in my family’s background: and after the viewing of this picture, I have a new appreciation for the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. If that be true; what is but a frame? This whole movie, each frame, is painted and it is astounding. #vincentvangogh#painting#movie#art#oil#film#lovingvincent