Here is another painting, like Sunset at Montmajour, that Van Gogh created in July, 1888. I’m reposting this blog from six years ago.
I have a new drawing of a garden full of flowers; I also have two painted studies of it…..there’s one vertical and one horizontal one of the same subject—number 30 canvases.*
Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, July, 1888
Summer’s blooming in a garden near Arles in southern France. A carpet of flowers fills the landscape, pulsating with the energy of color. Imagine Van Gogh in the midst of this floral paradise, working at an almost inhuman speed to produce yet another canvas to send to his brother Theo in Paris.
Vincent’s labor, though, is his gift to posterity—an inheritance of close to 900 paintings and some 1,100 drawings**—created in less than a decade. So that we, the recipients of his artistic generosity, can share his joy in the miracle of living.
*Excerpt from letter of Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) to Theo van Gogh, dated between July 17 to July 20, 1888.
**Tally of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings is based on the Metropolitan Museum of Art figures.