A Life in Ruins – France, Arles

Arles France Amphitheatre

We had chosen to visit Arles for two main reasons, its Roman heritage and the painter Vincent Van Gogh.  The city has a long history, and was of considerable prominence as a principal Roman Province and the Roman and Romanesque Monuments of the city were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1981. The Dutch post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh lived in Arles in from 1888 to 1889 and produced over three hundred paintings and drawings during his time there – that’s a lot of paintings in only a short time.

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4 responses to “A Life in Ruins – France, Arles

  1. Yes, alas poor Vincent, cranking out all those paintings in Arles, may have occasionally had an off day. Or at least a day when he got up saying, ‘Can’t think of anything original to do today. Can’t be bothered going out. I’ll just stay here and paint my bedroom.’


  2. We enjoyed Arles a lot when we visited a few years ago with my family. I hope you’ll have time for Vaison la Romaine!


  3. My word this was your fourth Roman Amphitheatre this year! You do get around Andrew!


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