Arles

Vincent moves to Arles, an ancient Roman city in Provence, not far from Marseilles but more inland and on the Rhone river. He rents a large room near the train station and the cafe he paints at night is right around the corner. He enjoys Sunday bullfights in the old colliseum and paints the tomb-lined road of Les Allyscamps, studded with Roman sarcophagus. The harsh seasonal winds in Provence, called mistrals, challenge his work outside from time to time but it is in Arles where he masters the sunflower and some feel the cypress and the olive tree as well as the southern light inspires him to new and brash color combinations.