Les Peiroulets – The Ravine

Les Peiroulets – The Ravine

"The ravine. This is the study done on a day when the mistral was blowing ­ I had wedged my easel in place with large stones (F: 662), the painting of this isn´t dry, it´s in a tauter drawing style, and there´s more suppressed passion and it has more color (F: 661). This can go with another study of mountains, summer effect, with a road in the foreground and a black hovel." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Friday, 3 January 1890
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Painting Date
8th of October 1889
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The Comparitive Images are two versions of the same view of the Ravine near the asylum at St. Paul Mausole in St Remy de Provence.  The one with more blues and grays was painted in December in the studio and two months after the field study painted in the Mistral winds which hangs at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  It is more green with a more blues in the sky and was created a couple of months before in October of 1889.

The Related Image is of a slightly different view of the same ravine also created in October of 1889 called the Ravine with Stream.

“I’m working on a large canvas of a ravine; it’s a subject just like the study with a yellow tree that I still have from you, two bases of extremely solid rocks, between which a trickle of water flows, a third mountain that closes off the ravine. These motifs certainly have a beautiful melancholy, and it’s enjoyable to work in really wild sites where you have to bury your easel in the stones so that the wind doesn’t send everything flying to the ground. Handshake.
Yours truly,
Vincent”

To Emile Bernard. Saint-Rémy, on or about Tuesday, 8 October 1889

“The ravine. This is the study done on a day when the mistral was blowing ­ I had wedged my easel in place with large stones (F: 662), 

the painting of this isn´t dry, it´s in a tauter drawing style, and there´s more suppressed passion and it has more color (F: 661).

This can go with another study of mountains, summer effect, with a road in the foreground and a black hovel.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Friday, 3 January 1890

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 73 x 92 cm Size 30 Figure

Saint-Rémy: October 8, 1889
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, North America
F: 662, JH: 1804

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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