Van Gogh at La Crau
Vincent seemed fascinated
by that huge area closed by the Monticules of La Crau: the appeal
of these vast countries upon me is most powerful.
He said he went there more than fifty times to admire that big flat
He made numerous drawings there then paintings hes particularly
According to me, the two views of La Crau and of the country surrounding
the Rhone banks are those I best achieved with my pen.
Indeed, those remind him of his childhood:
how much the Camargue and La Crau, apart from a difference of colour
and pureness of atmosphere, remind me of the ancient Holland of Ruysdael
He describes the following drawing to Theo and his friend Emile Bernard:
achieved big drawings with my pen, a huge flat country, seen as
the crow flies from the top of a hill- vineyards, ploughed wheat fields.
All these multiplying without end, running as if on the surface of the
sea towards the horizon closed by the Monticules of La Crau.
To his friend Mouries, who was a sailor, Vincent said that this landscape
was as beautiful as the sea. Mouries thinks that its
even more beautiful than the sea since inhabited