Le Pont de Langlois Arles Provence France 2004
The Langlois bridge at Arles that van Gogh painted in March and April 1888. This was painted in March 2004 during similar weather conditions, cold and crisp with fast moving cloud. Visiting Arles for the first time had me heading straight for the Yellow house and the Tambourine Cafe, but sadly the building was destroyed during the second world war by German troops. Today, a hotel featuring prints of Vincent's work all over its foyer, and painted bright yellow, marks the place, attracting visitors from around the world wanting to be near him..
Vincent painted the Langlois bridge from the other side and from a spot closer to the water, also adding farm carts and locals in his paintings. Of all the work I have done around the world, this is one of my favourites. This region in Provence is spectacular and offers the perfect light conditions for an impressionist. During the nineteenth century, rural agriculture and its colourful farm characters afforded van Gogh ample subject material and he made good use of it all. Reminding him of conditions in Belgium where he used farm hands as subjects in both his drawings and paintings during his early twenties and before he finally gave up a career as a priest and headed for Paris. The three months in Provence during the late winter and early spring of 2004 was memorable, giving me a glimpse into the trials of van Gogh and his final months spent here. 22 x 27 inches