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Which Van Gogh are you?

Posted by Simon Parke, 27 January 2021, 5.36pm

Circumstances change us.

In the Netherlands, beneath a cold north sky, Vincent Van Gogh produced grey paintings.

When he arrived in Paris, and rubbed shoulders with the Impressionists-to-be, he introduced green and red to his work.

When he went to Arles, in the south of France, suddenly there was light on his canvass; blistering sun, hot yellow light.

Circumstances changed Van Gogh and they change us, for good and ill.

Be kind to yourself in yours –

- whether it’s the metaphorical Netherlands, Paris or Arles.

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