|Picchetti winery with Gauguin's red-leafed tree|
16"×20", Oil on canvas panel, 2008-2011
Picchetti winery in Cupertino; it leads to Arles of 1888.
This landscape started in December 2008 as a plein air study at Picchetti winery.
Some landscape studies fully resolve themselves right there en plein air; you bring them home, look at them some time later, and they seem to retain all the freshness and strength of the experience. It's always a joy to see it, but it doesn't
I haven't discarded it right away, though, because there seemed to be some life in it, some unfulfilled promise
|Paul Gauguin. Lane at Alchamps, Arles (1888)|
The most directly quoted work by Gauguin here is "Lane at Alchamps, Arles" (1888), but the quote endowed the whole painting with the power of color it's been so pitifully lacking.
|Vincent Van Gogh “View of Arles with Irises” (1888)|
I had not even noticed the coincidences till we hung the paintings side by side and I've accurately written down their sources, but here they are together.
The "green" member of the accidental red/green diptych is shown below.
|Picchetti winery barrels with Van Gogh's irises in the foreground.|
16"×20", Oil on canvas panel. 2009-2011.