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Today's topic is the Dutch painter known equally well for his bold strokes of colour and his tumultuous life, Vincent Van Gogh.
|Statue of Van Gogh, St. Paul de Mausole|
Van Gogh spent the latter years of his life in France. He lived with his brother Theo in Montmartre along with other great artists of the time.
The beautiful scenery and unique quality of the light in Provence drew him further south to the city of Arles. He soon persuaded fellow artist Paul Gauguin to join him at his new studio. Plaques set into the paving stones lead visitors to important Van Gogh sites around the city.
|Van Gogh Plaque, Arles|
|Le Café le Soir, Van Gogh|
|Le Café la Nuit, Place du Forum|
|Place du Forum, Arles|
|Starry Night Over the Rhone, Van Gogh|
|The Rhone River at Arles|
Following an argument with Gauguin, Vincent cut off his ear with a razor and was hospitalized in Arles.
|Garden of the Hospital in Arles, Van Gogh|
|Hospital Gardens, Arles|
In 1889 he left Arles and admitted himself to a private asylum, St. Paul de Mausole Monastery in St. Remy-de-Provence. During the 53 weeks spent here, Van Gogh created 143 oil paintings and over 100 drawings.
|Cloister of St. Paul de Mausole Monastery|
|Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh|
Visitors to the monastery can see a reproduction of Vincent's room.
|Vincent Van Gogh's Room|
|Bedroom in Arles, Van Gogh|
|View from Van Gogh's Window|
Reproductions of his paintings are displayed throughout the hospital grounds.
|Olive Orchard, Van Gogh|
|Hospital at St. Remy, Van Gogh|
|Irises, Van Gogh|
|Starry Night, Van Gogh|
|Lavender, St. Paul de Mausole Monastery|
Two months after leaving St. Remy-de-Provence, Vincent Van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Oise at the age of of 37 due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Do you have a favourite painting by Vincent Van Gogh?