Bridge at Arles (March, 1888 in Arles in Provence, France

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Bridge at Arles by Vincent van Gogh is one of the earliest paintings he created in Arles

Bridge at Arles
(Pont de Langlois –
in French)
1888, painted in Arles in Provence, France

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)
The name of the bridge in the painting is Langlois which was close to Vincent van Gogh’s quarter in Arles.
This is a passage by the painter how he describes TWO similar bridge landscapes including the one above: “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. And another landscape with a little rustic bridge and washerwomen also.
More on the weather in Arles: “The weather here is changeable, often windy with turbulent skies, but the almond trees are beginning to flower everywhere. I am very happy that the paintings are going to the Independents. ”


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