Field with Flowers near Arles, 1888
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
In February 1888 Van Gogh left Paris for the town of Arles in Provence. The French capital had exhausted him, both mentally and physically, and he yearned for the quiet life of the countryside. In Provence he hoped to find something of the light and atmosphere that so fascinated him in Japanese prints. Moreover, he thought of establishing an artists’ colony in the south, where he and his friends could live and work.