Though we travel the world to find the beautiful

we must carry it with us or we find it not

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

More about Vincent.....

The life and art of Vincent van Gogh
never ceases to amaze and sadden me
however upon entering the drive-way to the asylum of
St Paul de Mausole at St Remy
I could feel the peace and quiet of this pretty place
shifting the name ~asylum~ into the recesses of my mind
and replacing it with Serenity and Tranquility

click here to see my previous post

A beautiful sculpture of Vincent carrying
his most loved flowers
~ Les Tournesols ~

Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze,
reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.

Colours changing hue,
morning fields of amber grain
weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath
the artist's loving hand
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Elizabeth said...

Would you believe after three trips to St Remy I still haven't visited the asylum? I did go horseback riding past it once - through the fields near Glanum.

Lovely post.

Deborah said...

This is just exquisite - thank you! I'm just in the middle of writing a Provence-art post for my blog. Do pop over a bit later! (URL embedded in name)

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Love this post, I really must try to get there to see for myself. Diane

Karen said...

Loved your post! Last year I saw Vincent's "Sunflowers" at the British National Gallery in London and couldn't stop looking at it. And I so love the song "Vincent" that you posted some of the lyrics from. Thank you for showing us this amazing place.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

When we were in Saint Remy our house was right down the street from the asylum where he stayed. Actually our street was on the Tourist Bureau's Vincent van Gogh walking tour.

The grounds of the asylum are beautiful. We took the tour and some of the things they did to patients at that time was frightening.

Dianne said...

My Carolins Kitchen - How wonderful that you could stay right close by there - so much to see in that beautiful area.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

He was very talented

A Tale of Two Cities said...

I just returned from a 3 day trip to Provence--a different sort of perspective in January. A bit cold, but we had the sites and the small towns to ourselves. Now I yearn to go back for a warmer weather experience when all is in bloom again.

Someday soon....

Sharon @ Roses and Rust said...

I just stumbled across your blog anad happily adding you to my blog list for a regular French fix!
x Sharon (South Africa)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Oh, those sunflowers, fields and fields of them... It is easy to see why he was compelled to paint them... I have not been to St. Remy but his presence is felt in all of Provence.

Lovely post and photos, mon amie.

Anonymous said...

So glad you stopped by for a visit! LOVE your roses on your sidebar! I enjoy gardening, too, and love roses, but don't have those varities in my garden... they're beautiful!
Sounds like a wonderful trip! The sculpture is pretty amazing! What a talented artist he was!
Have a great day!
~ Jo :)

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

I am such a Van Gogh fan - what a genius who began the Expressionist movement yet lived such a tragic life. I was thrilled to visit the Musee d'Orsay in Paris last year and see so many of his self-portraits and other works - just beautiful! I love the statue of him holding his beloved sunflowers - very cool:)

Virginia said...

Oh your photographs would makek M. Van Gogh very proud. A lovely post.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Dianne,

Loved your post and beautiful photos.
Vincent Van Gogh was such a talented Artist and I love the statue with sunflowers.
When we were staying at Montmatre we walked past the house that he and his brother lived in for a short time.
Will share soon.

Happy weekend

Trotter said...

Ah, les tournesols...


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