Vincent’s Southerly Flowering

Studio of the South – Van Gogh in Provence

Martin Bailey

Frances Lincoln

In February 1888, Vincent Van Gogh left his brother’s home in Paris and travelled to Provence with the dream of establishing a community of artists, a ‘studio of the south’. After the muted colours of northern Europe, he was captivated by the blossoming orchards, golden wheat fields, luxuriant vineyards and gnarled olive trees. It was in southern France that he became a landscape painter and embarked on what was to be his most productive period, when he produced his greatest paintings. Leading Van Gogh specialist Martin Bailey superbly brings Van Gogh’s 444-day sojourn to life, including his decline into mental illness, self-mutilation and committal to a nearby asylum, where, incredibly, the paintings continued to flow from his brushes.

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