Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles
Vincent van Gogh
Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, 1888. Oil on canvas, 28-1/2 x 35-3/4 inches (72.39 x 90.81 cm). Phillips Collection Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., USA.



'“Everywhere and all over the vault of heaven," he wrote Theo in mid-September [1888], “is a marvelous blue, and a sun sheds a radiance of pure sulphur, and it is soft and as lovely as the combination of heavenly blues and yellows in a Van der Meer of Delft… It absorbs me so much that I let myself go, never thinking of a single rule."



Most of the fifteen paintings van Gogh executed that fall represent the formal aspects of the garden on Place Lamartine, some of which are referred to as the Poet’s Garden series. The Phillips painting represents the more prosaic side of the park, including its entrance, possibly at a point directly opposite van Gogh’s newly rented Yellow House on the north side.' (© 2012 The Phillips Collection)

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