Van Gogh in Bridge of Langlois
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Bridge of Langlois

The bridge was replaced in 1930 by a reinforced concrete one, which was destroyed by the Germans in the Second World War. A replica of the one Vincent painted stands a few kilometres south of the original location.

Van Gogh in

Bridge of Langlois

On the outskirts of town, the Pont de Réginelle (or Réginal), popularly known as Pont de Langlois, covered the Arles–Bouc canal. The spot attracted Vincent, with its combination of southern light, a Dutch-looking landscape and the oddly shaped bridge, which he thought looked Japanese. He felt compelled to paint it. On 16 March 1888, he first wrote to his brother Theo about painting the bridge:

“…I brought home a no.15 canvas today, it’s a drawbridge, with a little carriage going across it, outlined against a blue sky — the river blue as well, the banks orange with greenery, a group of washerwomen wearing blouses and multicoloured bonnets.” Read the complete letter

He was evidently pleased with his first painting of the bridge; on sending it to his brother, he said he was certain it would “be worth 500”.

Vincent made five more paintings and two drawings of the bridge during the spring of 1888.

Made here

Brug te Arles (Pont de Langlois), 1888

Brug te Arles (Pont de Langlois), 1888

Oil on canvas, 53,4 x 64 cm

Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

The bridge at Langlois

The bridge at Langlois

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

Oil on canvas, 59,6 x 73,6 cm

Bridge at Langlois with woman with umbrella, 1888

Bridge at Langlois with woman with umbrella, 1888

Oil on canvas, 49,5 x 64,5 cm

Wallraf-Richarts Museum & Fondation Corbound, Cologne, Gemany

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    1. Marije Vellekoop, Roelie Zwikker

      Vincent van Gogh, tekeningen, deel 4: Arles, Saint-Rémy, Auvers-sur-Oise
      Amsterdam, 2007