The Trinquetaille Bridge

The Trinquetaille Bridge

"Lastly, the Trinquetaille bridge with all its steps is a canvas done on a grey morning, the stones, the asphalt, the cobblestones are grey, the sky a pale blue, the small figures colourful, a puny tree with yellow foliage..."
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14th of October 1888
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“Lastly, the Trinquetaille bridge with all its steps is a canvas done on a grey morning, the stones, the asphalt, the cobblestones are grey, the sky a pale blue, the small figures colourful, a puny tree with yellow foliage. Two canvases, then, in grey, broken tones, and two highly coloured canvases.

Forgive these very poor croquis.  I’m knocked out from painting this Tarascon diligence, and I can see that I haven’t a head fit for drawing. I’m off to have supper, and I’ll write to you again this evening.

 

But this decoration is coming along a bit, and I believe that it will broaden my way of seeing and doing things.  It will be open to a thousand criticisms; very well, but never mind, as long as I manage to put some spirit into it.
But yes, good old Tartarin’s country, I’m enjoying myself there more and more, and it will become like a new homeland for us. I don’t forget Holland, though; it’s precisely the contrasts that make me think of it a lot. I’ll get back to this letter shortly.”

 

To Theo. Arles, Saturday, 13 October 1888

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Painting, Oil on Canvas
Arles: October 14, 1888
Private collection
F: 481, JH: 1604

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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