Fishing boats on the beach at
Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, 1888

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

In late May 1888 Van Gogh decided to paint seascapes around the Mediterranean coast. He thought of going to Marseilles or Martigues, but finally headed for the little old fishing town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

Although Van Gogh only stayed there for a few days, he managed to complete nine drawings, two seascapes and a view of the town. As he was leaving Saintes-Maries he made a drawing of the boats: ‘That was before the boats put out to sea posthaste, I had observed it every morning, but because they left very early, I had no time to paint it’.

Back in his studio in Arles Van Gogh had plenty of time to create a painting based on his sketches. In a letter to Bernard he described this studio work as a composition of ‘small green, red and blue boats, so lovely in respect of form and colour that they recall flowers’.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 65 cm (H) x 81.5 cm (W)

 

 

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