In The Footsteps of Van Gogh

Today we took a long walk in the footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh. The city has thoughtfully laid out a walking course that begins at Glanum, the Roman ruined town that occupied this valley, and ends in the old town center. Glanum is a couple of kilometers from our house, so we walked from home. Along the walking course 21 Van Gogh paintings from his days at the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery and Asylum are depicted on panels. Although the scenes have changed a great deal in the last 120 years, one gets an appreciation for the shapes, lines, and colors that captured Vincent’s imagination.

The Alpilles still provide a backdrop. Olive trees, plane trees, and cypress stand solidly in the foreground. Stone walls, buildings, and roads lend perspective. It is a rich environment for an artist despite over a century of growth and development.

After 3 hours of walking we found a great Italian cafe for a lunch of salad and antipasto with a little red wine. This happened to be the same place we walked to a couple of nights ago for glace/gelato so we had to have some for dessert. I love the salted caramel! Jean had the chocolate, which I sampled previously.

Then it was a couple of kilometers back home. Along the way we took lots of photos and I did several quick sketches. Dinner was homemade pistou soup that our hosts gave us. What a great day!


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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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6 Responses to In The Footsteps of Van Gogh

  1. doniella2013 says:

    I hope this isn’t overload for your laptop. I keep it on my screen because it’s so moving. fondly, Doniella

  2. redharparts says:

    Every scene is so sketch- worthy!

  3. Jyl Leininger says:

    I also was taken by the shadow, a spur to the imagination, non? Hope you are both healthy and inspired. Jyl

  4. Jean-Paul Dumont says:

    Hello out there, and thank you for the report and the pictures among which I find two particularly delightful, one being Paul’s shadow on the traces of VvG and the other one being the escargot at the end of a leaf. Both pictures are very much fun; the other pictures give me an idea of what I shall encounter when I come and visit you.
    Meanwhile, a hug from Paris, JP

    • Paul says:

      I love those two pics also. By the way, the long rain forecast is for clouds and showers with a few thunderstorms for the next two weeks. Bring your raincoat!

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