GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)

Three White Cottages in Saintes-Maries

June 1888, Arles
Oil on canvas, 34 x 42 cm
Kunsthaus, Zurich

Catalogue numbers: F 419, JH 1465.

At the end of May 1888 van Gogh took a trip to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, a fishing village on the Mediterranean coast. "Old thatched roofs" had always been favourite subject for van Gogh, thus, in addition to the Mediterranean and the medieval fortified church, what cast a spell over him during his one-week stay at Saintes-Maries were the thatched cottages.