Voyage Van Gogh

The most significant, as far as producing paintings go, in Van Gogh’s career: Arles, Saint Remey and Auver sur-Oise are among my favorites!  When I found out that Van Gogh went to Arles in southern France in February 1888 to fulfill his dream of an Artist’s colony.! In February of 2002, 150 years later to the day, I went to Arles to take my Voyage Van Gogh one big step further.  In addition to my own paintings, I often painted many of the same paintings Van Gogh painted in that particular location.  For example in Arles, I painted Café Terrace, Starry Night along the Rhone, and Van Gogh’s Chair.

at-cafe-terrace  After visiting Van Gogh’s room in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and walking the grounds, I painted a replica of Starry Night. For me, the most dramatic part of the Voyage Van Gogh was Auvers-sur-Oise.  The inspiration was in abundance with the many structures appearing much the same as when Van Gogh painted them in his final days.

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I painted this in Arles, France after Van Gogh’s “Cafe La Nuit.”

A little misty eyed I stared lifeless into the small upstairs bedroom of the Ravoux Inn where Van Gogh died and every night I would pass by the Gothic Notre Dame D’Auvers on my nightly walk to Van Gogh’s gravesite.  I have been fortunate tobe able to have traveled extensively to personally view and study Van Gogh’s oeuvres.  So far on my Voyage Van Gogh I have viewed over 90% of all Van Gogh’s works of art available to the public, totaling over 1400 pieces.  Voyage Van Gogh Articles


$82.5 Million Painting

Painted after Van Gogh.  Portrait of Dr. Gachet.

Dr. Gachet watched over Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise.  Van Gogh painted two versions. In 1990, the other version sold for $82.5 million. I sold this painting for a much, much, smaller fortune. Ironically, I still got more for my painting than Van Gogh got for his – of course he was dead….

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Van Gogh’s Tomb and Wheatfield with Crows

I painted this painting after Van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows, in Auvers-sur-Oise, the town where he died and is buried. It was one of his last paintings.

On my final day there, I wanted to get a symbolic picture of my painting on his grave. The day was very dreary, but I thought I would try to get what I could of the picture. Van Gogh’s grave was a several mile walk from my horse stable domicile.

Midway on the journey, even before reaching Église Notre-Dame d’Auvers, the sky got very dark and the wind began blowing fiercely (like the strong mistral winds in Arles that Van Gogh so detested). Next, strikes of lightning flashed across the sky followed by very loud cracks of thunder. The painting was not completely dry and I tried to protect it as best I could, while fighting it from flapping in the wind and rain. I contemplated retreating to the horse stable because it was getting suspiciously eerie – I wondered if I was getting some sign not to go ahead with my plan.

After a brief pause, and a squinted look upward at an even darker sky, I decided to persevere anyway. Continuing my questionable trek to the cemetery, as it appeared on the horizon, the thunder and lightning dwindled.  The winds calmed and the sun began shooting beams of golden rays thru the clouds. By the time I got to Van Gogh’s grave, the sun was fully shining and it was a beautiful day!!! I took this as my sign that it was ok…Merci beaucoup Vincent! Et évidemment L’Omnipotent!

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It’s an incredible feeling to lay down by side Van Gogh’s tomb and look up at the Starry Night…