I'd think it would be pretty hard to ignore...
|Les Arènes, Nîmes|
|Torero (bullfights are held in the Arènes also)|
There's an amphitheater at Arles too. In the Middle Ages it became a fortress with a little town nestled instide, and a few towers were added...
Here's the view from atop one of the towers. That's the Rhone River in the distance.
Longing for a place where he could work in serenity and also invite other artists to come join him, Vincent Van Gogh rented a house in Arles. His most cherished dream was eventually to found a cultural center that would be a place of support and fellowship for artists. As you probably know, he was only able to stay in his beloved little house for about 18 months, during which time he created about 300 drawings and paintings before being forced to seek treatment at a mental hospital for his bouts of severe depression.
I visited the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, which houses many touching works of all sorts --paintings, drawings, dioramas, photos-- created by other artists in homage to the painter who started out as a minister to the poor.
The sculpture at the entrance is entitled "Vincent Crucifié" by Louis Cane.
This lovely garden is part of the Espace Van Gogh.
Tomorrow, on to Bassy (near Mâcon) to meet my longtime cyberpal Daniel...