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Picturing a World

Van Gogh’s hospital

While I was working on Where the Light Falls, my husband and I visited this mental hospital in Arles. The courtyard has been restored to look much as it did when van Gogh was a patient. The rayed flowerbeds in a formal courtyard did not accord with how I imagined Dr. Aubanel’s sanatorium, but the peaceful, pleasant feeling did.

For an enlarged image of this painting, reproduced with quite different color values, click here. It's a reminder that, wonderful though it is to have so many images available on the web, you can't really know what a canvas looks like without seeing it.

For a sequence of three blog posts with many good photographs of sites associated with van Gogh and with the Roman era (important to Dr. Aubanel and me), click here, here, and here.
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