The Van Gogh route in France is the perfect trip for art lovers and of course, for the followers of the famous Dutch painter. Nowadays, it’s possible to know his legacy by traveling to destinations as impressive as his canvases, following the route of Van Gogh in France. ‘I prefer to die of passion than of boredom’, was said by the protagonist of a failed religious vocation, a guy with few satisfactions in his love life, scarce economic resources, no success to sell his paintings and to socially relate with others, but who made more than 800 works of art on his productive years. An inspiration.
Currently, different museums around the world exhibit the works of Van Gogh. If you’re in France, his paintings can be seen at the Angladon Museum in Avignon, the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille and Lyon, the Dufresne Art Gallery, the Orsay Museum, the Rodin Museum and the Louvre Museum in Paris.
He Was an Unintentional Traveler
Van Gogh was a traveler without even wanting to. He had to move from Holland to London, then from there to Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Borinage… He was wandering through Belgium and different parts of France until he arrived to Arles, where he fell deeply in love with the sunny Provence. When the artist’s followers visit Arlés, they do not forget to cross the Langlois bridge, located on the canal that goes from Arles to Port-de-Bouc and that Vincent painted because it reminded him of his native Holland. Arles is a bohemian village, it is an hour away from Marseille and half of Nimes or Avignon.
By 1888 Vincent Van Gogh moved to the south of France in search of light, which he found for his paintings but not necessarily for him. This World Heritage Site was perhaps the place Van Gogh “found” better than any other, so the trip starts the route in this region, to walk in his footsteps. It’s important to visit the Van Gogh Space, a university cultural center that at the time when the artist cut his ear (1888) was the hôtel-dieu Saint-Esprit, which occupied when it was a hospital founded in the 18th century. XVI, two stories and a gallery of arches open to a French garden with a pond in the middle and several flower beds and trees.
It’s also a must visit a wonderful place where Van Gogh spent some seasons by the sea, the town Saintes Maries de la Mer. In Saint-Rémy-de-Provence it’s mandatory to visit the St Paul de Mausole hospital, which Van Gogh entered after cutting off his ear and where his room could be visited. It’s worth spending an afternoon walking through the picturesque village of Les Baux, located on the top of a hill. The last 70 days of his life, Van Gogh passed them north of Paris, in Auvers sur Oise. There are held regattas, concerts, and exhibitions as a tribute to the artist.
In fact, there is a route that takes travelers along the Van Gogh route and passes by the church that painted with sinuous lines, the house of his friend Paul Gachet and the pension where he died.