Vincent van Gogh & Arles

Preamble

“Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853–29 July 1890) lived in Arles from 20 February 1888 to 8 May 1889. That is almost 15 months, over 63 weeks, precisely 444 days. During his stay, he produced some over 200 paintings, made over 100 drawings and watercolours, and wrote some 200 letters. The vast majority survived—a prodigal and quite astonishing outpouring, sustaining a pace that no other artist of the nineteenth century could match.
This period in Arles is frequently called the zenith, the climax, the greatest flowering of van Gogh’s decade of artistic activity.”

Pickvance, Ronald, Van Gogh in Arles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, 1984