During his stay in Arles between February 1888 and May 1889, Vincent Van Gogh executed about 300 paintings and drawings. The places in the city where the artist set up his easel are marked with panels representing his paintings. About ten spots have been marked : the Place du Forum for the Café in the Evening, the Trinquetaille bridge where he painted the Staircase of the Trinquetaille Bridge, the Rhone River embankment for his Starry Night over the Rhone, the Place Lamartine where his Yellow House was located, in the Rue Mireille at the Old Mill, the public park on the Boulevard des Lices for his Public Garden, the Espace Van Gogh and his Hospital Garden, the road going along the Arles-to-Bouc Canal at the Langlois Bridge with Washerwomen, more commonly called the “Van Gogh Bridge”. The Roman arena and the Alyscamps cemetery were also immortalized in several paintings.
The Vincent Van Gogh Foundation
The Arles Vincent Van Gogh Foundation justly pays homage to his work while at the same time exploring its impact on today’s artists.
The relationship between Van Gogh and contemporary art is a principle of the Foundation since its creation. The Dutch master’s paintings are placed in perspective with the works of contemporary artists, thus creating a fertile dialog, based on questioning and reflection.
The Van Gogh Walking Tour
A marked walking tour is described in a brochure on sale in the Tourism Office, to be followed at your own rhythm.. This document can be downloaded in PDF format
The Arles Vincent Van Gogh booklet
In French and English. This document can be downloaded in PDF format
Arles and the Rhone, the people of Arles and their river, a history of love and mistrust depending on the water’s mood.
In the 19th century, commercial activity on the docks and riverbanks was still flourishing. Van-Gogh, who mainly stayed clear of the local population, explored the city and its surroundings, unceasingly painting the transformations of nature in spring, the landscapes, workers in the fields or on the river. All that he saw inspired him and became art. He would rest his easel on the riverbank whenever the wind allowed him to.