The Langlois Bridge, 1888
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
A month after his arrival in the southern French town of Arles, Vincent van Gogh painted a number of versions of this drawbridge. It crossed the Arles canal, which connected Arles with Pont-du-Bouc, further to the south. The bridge, officially called the Pont de Réginelle, was better known by the name Pont de Langlois, after its keeper. The work in the Van Gogh Museum is the last in a series of three. Earlier versions, all painted in better weather, show washerwomen on the bank and a small coach on the bridge.