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Fishing boats on the beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

In late 1888 Van Gogh decided to paint seascapes around the Mediterranean coast. He thought of going to Marseilles or Martigues, but finally headed for the little fishing town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Altough Van Gogh only stayed there for a few days, he managed to complete nine drawings, two seascapes and a view of the town.

As he was leaving Saintes-Maries he made a drawing of the boats: ''That was before the boats put out to sea posthaste, I had observed it every morning, but because they left very early, I had no time to paint it.''

Back in his studio in Arles Van Gogh had plenty of time to create a painting based on his sketches. In a letter to Bernand he described this studio work as a composition of ''small green, red and blue boats, so lovely in respect of form and colour that they recall flowers''.




The yellow house

Van Gogh's dream was to found a colony of artists where like-minded individuals could live and work together. He thought that a collective studio could be established in the rooms that he rented in May 1888 in the right section of the yellow house on place Lamartine in Arles.
Vincent had the apartment redecorated: '' I want to make a true artists' house of it, but not expensive, on the contrary, nothing expensive, but everything- from the chair to the painting- with character''.

In his studio he painted The yellow House, a description of which he sent to his brother Theo: ''For it is tremendous, those yellow houses in the sun and then the incomparable clarity of the blue....The house to the left is pink with green shutters, that stands in the shadow of a tree, that is the restaurant where I go to eat every day. My friend, the postman, lives at the end of the street to the left, between two railway bridges''.



Wheatfield under thunderclouds

In Auvers, Vincent painted a number of landscapes with wheatfields in an unusual, elongated format (50x100). He wrote about these canvases in a letter to his brother Theo: ''They are enormous sweeping wheatfields beneath stormy skies and I have intentionally tried to express sadness, extreme loneliness in them''.

The simple composition of Wheatfield under thunderclouds - a division itno two horizontal planes - emphasizes the boundless quality of the open fields. There is no tree, bird or figure to interrupt the horizontal character of the landscape.

However, the painter claimed that these works also contained a positive meaning: '' I am almost sure that in these canvases I have articulated what I cannot express in words, namely how healthy and heartening I find the countryside''.

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