The Green Vineyard

The Green Vineyard

"I have an extraordinary fever for work these days, at present I’m grappling with a landscape with blue sky above an immense green, purple, yellow vine with black and orange shoots. Little figures of ladies with red sunshades, little figures of grape-pickers with their cart further liven it up. Foreground of grey sand. Once again square no. 30 canvas for the decoration of the house." To Paul Gauguin. Arles, Wednesday, 3 October 1888 - (about 3 weeks before Gauguin arrives in Arles)
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29th of September 1888
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“Ah well, I have to go to work in the vineyard, near Montmajour. It’s all purplish yellow green under the blue sky, a beautiful, colour motif.”

To Eugène Boch. Arles, Tuesday, 2 October 1888

Boch’s sister Anna, also a painter, buys the only painting Van Gogh sells during his lifetime – another vineyard but in red.

“Ah — my study of the vineyards — I sweated blood and tears over it — but I have it — another square no. 30 canvas — once again for the decoration of the house.”

To Theo. Arles, Wednesday, 3 October 1888

“I have an extraordinary fever for work these days, at present I’m grappling with a landscape with blue sky above an immense green, purple, yellow vine with black and orange shoots.
Little figures of ladies with red sunshades, little figures of grape-pickers with their cart further liven it up.  Foreground of grey sand. Once again square no. 30 canvas for the decoration of the house.”

To Paul Gauguin. Arles, Wednesday, 3 October 1888  – (about 3 weeks before Gauguin arrives in Arles)

“The decoration of the house absorbs me terribly. I dare to believe that it would be quite to your liking, although it’s very different from what you do, of course. But just as you spoke to me in the past about paintings that would depict, one flowers, the other trees, the other fields. Well, I have the Poet’s garden (2 canvases) (among the croquis you have the first idea for it, after a smaller painted study that’s already at my brother’s). Then The starry night, then The vineyard, then The furrows, then the view of the house could be called The street, so unintentionally there’s a certain sequence.”

To Emile Bernard. Arles, Wednesday, 3 October 1888.

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 72 x 92 cm – size 30 Figure
Arles, France: September 29, 1888
Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 475, JH: 1595

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