Tuesday, September 27, 2011

St. Remy De Provence: A Visit With Vincent Van Gogh - May 21, 2011

Entering St. Remy

The town of St. Remy was very quaint and full of life!
Here - the Office of Tourism, our first stop

Starry Night-Painted by Vincent Van Gogh in St. Remy
in June 1889-shortly after his arrival

One of many paintings along the "Van Gogh walk" through
St. Remy

Double click on this one!  See the relationship between
this landscape and Nostredamus who was in St. Remy
370 years before Van Gogh!

Andy - Ready to go see the hospital where Van Gogh
stayed - The Asylum of St. Paul de Mausole - near St. Remy

Andy and Vinnie


The Chapel in the Hospital

The gardens were gorgeous!

Van Gogh's Bedroom

The view from the window in the hall - next to Van Gogh's Room
This view was the subject of several paintings

A painting that Van Gogh did of his own room

Van Gogh's room

The stairs/hall to Van Gogh's room

The back of the hospital - one of the windows up there is
where the picture above was taken

Olive Grove - and Painting of the Olive Grove

Back home!

Nice way to top off the day - a dip in the pool
Vincent Van Gogh convalesced for a year (1889) at the asylum of St. Paul de Mausole which is near St. Remy.  After seeing so many of Van Gogh's paintings while we were in France, and even before going, Andy and I wanted to visit a place where Van Gogh had spent some time.  He had also lived in Arles, one of our favorite places, where he invited Paul Gauguin, whom he met in Paris, to join him to paint in his "Studio of the South".  After a couple months of painting together, the two painters began to have violent disagreements, during which, at one point, Van Gogh threatened Gauguin with a razor. The same night, Van Gogh cut off a part of his own ear. It was after this that Van Gogh went to the hospital in St. Remy working between repeated spells of madness.

The town of St. Remy has created a walking path, lined with paintings that Van Gogh created during his stay there depicting many of the same landscapes that we enjoyed along our walk.  The Hospital was interesting yet eerie to walk through, knowing the history of Van Gogh's madness.  Once again, I was in awe of the fact that we were walking in the footsteps of someone who lived so many many years ago.

Overall, our visit to St. Remy was beautiful, educational (Hot!), and peaceful.  The kids stayed home and Andy and I enjoyed some time exploring by ourselves.

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