Street in Saintes Maries de la Mer

Street in Saintes Maries de la Mer

"I have another 3 drawings of huts that I still need and which will follow; these ones of the huts are a bit harsh, but I have some more carefully drawn ones. I’ll make you a consignment of rolled-up paintings as soon as the seascapes are dry." To Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Tuesday, 5 June 1888
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5th of June 1888
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related drawings and sketches go in this order:  Drawing done in Saintes Maries, Painting upon return to arles, sketch to bernard, drawing done in july as painting still hung to dry.

all three complimentary color groupings are present and he writes of the struggle and success at balancing them to achieve a high contrast:  blue/orange; yellow/violet and red/green.

“I have another 3 drawings of huts that I still need and which will follow; these ones of the huts are a bit harsh, but I have some more carefully drawn ones. I’ll make you a consignment of rolled-up paintings as soon as the seascapes are dry.”

To Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Tuesday, 5 June 1888

“The harsh, hard white of a white wall against the sky can be expressed, at a pinch and in a strange way, by harsh white and by that same white softened by a neutral tone. Because the sky itself colours it with a delicate lilac hue.
Again, in this very naive landscape, which is meant to show us a hut, whitewashed overall (the roof, too), situated in an orange field, of course, because the sky in the south and the blue Mediterranean produce an orange that is all the more intense the higher in tint the range of blues —
The black note of the door, of the window panes, of the little cross on the rooftop, creates a simultaneous contrast of white and black just as pleasing to the eye as that of the blue with the orange.”

To Emile Bernard. Arles, on or about Thursday, 7 June 1888

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 36.5 x 44 cm Size 8 Figure
Arles: June 5, 1888
Private collection
F: 420, JH: 1462

Where Vincent Was:
Arles,Saintes-Maries

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