The River Oise … the town of Auvers … and forever remembering Van Gogh …

I wrote an article about Vincent van Gogh’s last days, death and burial on the following two sites. You can read it there for free. Here and here  This is how I start the article: AND QUIET FLOWS THE OISE By Marilyn Z. Tomlins No river has attracted artists quite like France’s Oise. For 302 […]

Van Gogh's 'The Church of Auvers' cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

Van Gogh’s ‘The Church of Auvers’ cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)I wr

I wrote an article about Vincent van Gogh’s last days, death and burial on the following two sites. You can read it there for free.

Here and here 

This is how I start the article:

AND QUIET FLOWS THE OISE
By
Marilyn Z. Tomlins

No river has attracted artists quite like France’s Oise.

For 302 kilometres (188 miles) the Oise flows from Belgium south into France, never mighty like a Danube or a Don, but often wide and deep, and to merge with the Seine 24 kilometres (15 miles) north of Paris. It runs through twenty towns, weeping willows hiding all but the tiled or thatched roofs of 19th century mansions, the last reminders of la belle époque when Paris’bourgeoisie, fleeing the capital’s summer heat, had come to live on this river’s banks.

Yet, not only Paris’ bourgeoisie had gone to live on the banks of the Oise, but also the capital’s penniless, either living rough or having moved into stone cottages, the former homes of fishermen or bargemen, paying a monthly rent that was little more than the price of a lunch of a Camembert cheese spread over a baguette and a bottle of red table wine.

Among the penniless had been artists – painters and sculptors – and two of them especially had arrived, fleeing expensive Paris, but also to seek inspiration from the quiet of the river: from its tranquillity.

One such painter was Vincent van Gogh.

 

The stone on Vincent van Gogh's grave. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

The stone on Vincent van Gogh’s grave. (cc Marilyn Z. Tomlins)

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