Gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953) wasn’t born yet when Van Gogh painted "Encampment of Gypsies with Caravans”. A creative soul like Vincent would probably have liked Django’s improvisations though.

Not many people know that guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt also was a good painter, inspired by... Vincent van Gogh. And how many people know that Van Gogh... took piano lessons!

Today 133 years ago, on 12 August 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles:

"At the moment we have a very glorious, powerful heat here, with no wind, which suits me very well. Sunshine, a light which, for want of a better word I can only call yellow — pale sulphur yellow, pale lemon, gold. How beautiful yellow is!”

"And a little study of a halting-place of fairground people, red and green caravans..”

Encampment of Gypsies with Caravans / Caravans with fairground travellers
Arles, August 1888
Oil on canvas
45 × 51 cm
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Did Vincent van Gogh and Django Reinhardt inspire each other?
Hand-painted reproduction in oil on canvas of Van Gogh's ‘Encampment of Gypsies with Caravans'.

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