Friday, November 9, 2018

Vincent~♥















Poor shot..some artists tools through glass there.



A Vintage Reeves metal paintbox w/ waterwelll.I replaced the very dry old pans w/ mostly Van Goghs and DS.





I absolutely love this  song

Don McLeans Starry Starry Night

I used to..but now I listen and I get so teary eyed.

When we were in Provence..we stayed a stone's throw away from St-Paul de Mausole..
Also known as the Asylum.
It is beautifl.
It is very sad too though.

There are patients there..who go for walks with their families..and caretakers..and their plight seems so heavy.

Van Gogh spent one year there..
when you visit it..you are allowed to see where he slept..the grounds..the interior.
The baths I am showing..were cold water baths..
They used to think it helped depression as it focused the mind elsewhere.
Reading the posted pages describing psychological issues back then and now ..
heartwrenching.
St-Rémy is known for the walk of van Gogh..his paintings..copies of them and all along a walk from the site to town.

You would not believe the walkers in St-Rémy.
I had a few moments where hardly anyone was there one early morning.
Usually it is very busy.Full parking lot and allées.

Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life..
The Red Vineyard.

Now..  there are records of the sales of his paintings going as high as 75 million for Dr.Gachet,in 1990.

Poor Vincent struggled so much and was so misunderstood.

They have art therapy ..the light is magnificent..
It is not hard to imagine what it was like back then as there are still patients.






34 comments:

  1. I love Vincent Van Gogh, I think with Monet are two of my favorites ! My daugther love Van Gogh too .
    Beautiful pictures and love all this post. Enjoy your Fall, hugs!!

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    1. I do also..et Monet aussi:) Merci!Bonne journée Goria.

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  2. I love this post -- love Van Gogh, of course, and how I would love to visit this beautiful area where his spirit must abound in the light and in the sad memories of his life. As always, your photos are wonderful and I really love the one of the paints, the one of the brushes and the beautiful way the rooms were laid out and the garden with the paintings. They clearly do a wonderful job.

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    1. You would love it and I must say my visit would have been even nicer had my dear friend Nancy that LOVES Van Gogh..been with us..Or you:) To have met you there for an hour or so..NO..we would have never left after an hour;)St-Rémy breathes Van Gogh.

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  3. New movie coming out about Vincent played by Willem Dafoe. Looks like him too. Can't wait to see it. I too love Vn Gogh. No one paints like he did. Donna@gather

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    1. OH thanks for telling me Donna..and I like Dafoe as an actor!

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    2. Donna I watched the trailer last night.I would love it..Interestingly Dafoe won best actor Venice film festival yet reviews are not glorious.I make my own decisions and would love to see this movie.Again..thanks!

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  4. I’ve been there twice. It’s such a lovely village and Vincent Van Gohg presence goes on being strong and alive. Hugs, dear Monique

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    1. Émouvant n'est-ce -pas ?Ce lieu avec tant d'hisoire..si triste de voir les gens accablés de troubles de santé..
      Et oui..une ville romantique et artistique!

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  5. I was there a few years ago. You captured it perfectly.

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  6. You would def like Auvers-sur-oise where V spent his last 60 days and painted 90 (!) paintings.
    Same sign posts too. Very charmante!

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  7. This post made me reflect on how he must have felt back then. I can't imagine how hard and lonely it was at times for Van Gogh. I'm sure the stigmas were horrible. It makes me sad.
    Cindy

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    1. Me too Cindy..listen to the song..again..you will have tears.
      What an uncertain sad and tumultuous life he had.Today perhaps what ailed him could have been helped.
      Perhaps not.
      Tragic.

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  8. Such a wonderful experience to have walked on the same paths that Van Gogh had walked! His paintings are so mesmerizing. I actually read there is a theory that he did not commit suicide, that the way he was shot would have been almost impossible for him to do to himself, but that it was a group of teenage bullies in the town, one of whom was a Wild West wannabe. Such an interesting theory! I'd love to see that movie will Willem Defoe also. And so interesting that Van Gogh's name is Vincent Willem Van Gogh :)

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  9. I did not remember the Willem..And never heard that theory!Oh today what scientists and physicians could tell us of this immensely talented man.
    I hope I see that movie..J's not a movie guy...Except on TV;)
    It looks beautiful doesn't it?
    It did feel otherwordly to walk in that place..♥

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  10. How very special to visit. It is sad to read about his struggles. In the past, so many mistakes were made about one's health. With time, big changes come. I wonder what the future holds. Love your special artistic rendering. I love how you tell a story.

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    1. Even today with the rush of everything..I am certain people get misdiagnosed..so sorry for strugglers.
      All the happy faces are not all happy.
      Thank you Linda🙏🏻

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  11. Terry here. I love Van Gogh also. It must have been such an interesting town to visit. Thanks for sharing with us. Way back when Jerry knew Don McClean. They grew up in Port Chester and went to Iona Prep high school. They both started college at Villanova together and Jerry incouraged him to quit college and pursue his career singing and song writing.

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    1. Terry! How interesting and how wonderful Jerry encouraged him..I just love that song so much.St-Rémy is a wonderful wonderful place to visit.Something for everyone.

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  12. Some of the nicest walks I have ever taken were in the South of France. We loved it there. I think it is a bit sad that most talented people are not discovered or appreciated until after they are gone. But then maybe it is the struggles with life that fuel their creativity and need for expression?? I don't know. I think mental hospitals are very sad places, today and yesterday and forever. Our friend Peter Lee says that mental health is the scourge of the 21st century and it certainly seems that way. We have more things to appreciate than we ever have and yet at the same time, there is a sense of hopelessness in the world. Starry starry night is one of my favourite songs. Like you, when I listen to some of these songs from yesteryear I get all teary eyed. I don't know who! Bon weekend ma chum! Love your art as always. ♥♥♥ You are so very talented! I need to do a Frieda some day! xoxo

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    1. Bon weekend ma chum made me smile out loud:)
      I'd love to see Fridas painted by you.
      Mental health remains a mystery..how else is it possible that we lose loved ones.And are any of us immune to it?
      I think not.
      So moving to visit.I'll never forget.Bon weekend ma chum!

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  13. This is really heart wrenching that he didn't get any recognition in his lifetime..

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  14. As usual, you caught it so very beautifully...I feel so grateful to have been to these places...Vincent has a large place deep in my heart, for various reasons. Have you seen the current animated film, Loving Vincent? It is very sad...but lovely...

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    1. Not yet Rita..I will soon..and I hope one day I see the new one w/ Willem Dafoe out Nov 16th.
      Me too he has a place in my heart.

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  15. Dearest Monique,
    Yes, that song makes one melancholic... and we are so proud of the great works of this Dutch born artist. You are so right that he was misunderstood during his lifetime. Sad facts and how cruel those cold water baths!
    Guess there often is no justice done in one's lifetime, only later, much later when it does not benefit the person anymore.
    There MUST be a heaven for making good for so many that never got any warmth, love or appreciation!
    Sending you hugs,
    Mariette

    PS our renovation is now 3 weeks. First the tiles got not ordered when we'd picked them out. Delaying about one week. Now the glass door for the shower needs to be specially made, taking 1.5 week. Great tidings... Ah well, we look forward to Christmas - for many reasons this year!

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    1. Wonderful Dutch artist❤️Oh the shower door 5 weeks..let's hope for the earlier date.
      And by Christmas all will sparkle!Have a good week..Bon courage!

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    2. Yes, a Dutch pride!
      No, I wrote 1.5 = one and a half week... I was just kidding that by Christmas I'm done with the cleaning of the entire home!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Lovely pictorial tribute to a true artistic genius!
    Love your painting💞
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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