Vincent van Gogh felt very much connected to nature, more than to cities. Nature inspired him to paint. Even in cities he was attracted to nature, like a park. He said: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.”

Today 133 years ago, on 11 October 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo van Gogh from Arles:

"The one I’ve just done is another garden.”

This view of the park was Entrance to the public garden. Earlier Van Gogh wrote that he had two paintings of this ‘other garden’ (to distinguish it from the ‘poet’s garden’); the second painting was The public garden with a couple strolling (‘The poet’s garden’).

The public garden with a couple strolling / Public Garden with Couple and Blue Fir Tree (The Poet's Garden III)
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
73 x 92 cm
Private Collection
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Van Gogh's 'The public garden with a couple strolling'

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