Seascape at Saintes Maries de la Mer – two boats

Seascape at Saintes Maries de la Mer – two boats

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Painting Date
3rd of June 1888
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Painted during Vincent’s stay in Saintes-Maries de la Mer in the Camargue of south Provence – motivated by a procession of gypsies he had seen leaving Arles on a pilgrimage to the holy sites in the old roman city.  He arrives by coach or “diligence” on May 30, 1888 and stays until the afternoon of Sunday, June 3 but has only 3 canvases and several pieces of drawing paper on which to work.  White paint on this one takes a couple of months to dry and he has to wait to send it to Theo because of this…



confirm dates of drawings – they are done after the two seascapes were painted in one day in heavy wind right after he arrives.  I believe one of these has been confirmed to have sand in a cross section of the paint – but it may be the huts or the boats on the beach also.


Painting, Oil on Canvas – 44 x 53 cm – Size 10 figure
Arles: June 3, 1888
Pushkin Museum
Moscow, Russia, Europe
F: 417, JH: 1453

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