We’ve been following in Van Gogh’s footsteps around St. Remy. The local small non-profit museum, Musee Estrine, has a display interpreting the great artist’s life, particularly his time here. Although the museum does not have an original Van Gogh painting, they do a creditable job of showcasing his love for the Provence countryside, how it influenced his painting, how his painting was influenced by earlier artists, and how later artists were influenced by his work. In addition the museum has an interesting collection of modern art, largely collected from their production of art shows for artists since 1989. When an artist has a show here he/she must leave one painting behind as a gift to the museum. As a result they have a fine eclectic collection of art works. One painting by Andre Marchand looks very much like our friend JP’s paintings…
We also followed a walk through the town sign posted with 19 reproductions of Van Gogh paintings. They aren’t always in the spot where he painted them, but they all include pithy remarks about the paintings extracted from his letters. He thought in depth about the process of painting and wrote voluminously on the subject in letters to friends and family. Often these letters refer to specific paintings. The walk also gave us the opportunity to sample the sights as he might have.
Tomorrow Judi arrives to visit for a week. We look forward to sharing this area with her and doing some drawing together.