The Yellow House
The Yellow House
The Studio of the South
Worn down by his activities in Paris, on February 19, 1888, Van Gogh leaves for Provence in the south of France: "It appears to me to be almost impossible to work in Paris." Still hoping to establish an artists' cooperative, he rents a studio in Arles, the "Yellow House," and invites Gauguin to join him. In anticipation of his arrival, Van Gogh paints still lifes of sunflowers to decorate Gauguin's room. The flowers represent the sun, the dominant feature of the Provencal summer; Gauguin describes the paintings as "completely Van Gogh."