Arts Everyday Living: Through Van Gogh’s Eyes–Autumn Days in an Ancient Roman Cemetery

Vincent van Gogh, Les Alyscamps, 1888, oil on canvas, Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Athens, Greece

As long as autumn lasts, I won’t have enough hands, canvas or colors to paint the beautiful things I see.

Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, letter dated September 25, 1888

About a month later, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) along with his friend and colleague Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), immortalized an area known as Les Alyscamps (Elysian Fields), the site of an ancient Roman cemetery in Arles in the south of France.

Vincent van Gogh, Les Alyscamps, 1888, oil on canvas, Private Collection

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