Tarascon Stagecoach (La Diligence de Tarascon)
Vincent van Gogh, Dutch. 1853-1888
October 1888. Oil on Canvas. On long-term loan from The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, to the Princeton University Art Museum. Currently on exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston Texas.
In a letter to Theo on October 13, 1888, Vincent refers to one of his favorite books, Tartarin de Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet, with “the old Tarascon diligence….Well, I’ve just painted that red and green carriage in the yard of the inn.” The stagecoach stopped at Arles, midway along its route from Nimes.
Here is a life size sculpture reproduction in the yard at the Grounds for Sculpture at Hamilton New Jersey.