Tarascon Stagecoach

Tarascon Stagecoach (La Diligence de Tarascon)

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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.

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Taracson Stagecoach – Hamiton New Jersey

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SERVICE DE TARASCON

 

 

 

 

Victoria Falls

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We were like two zebras passing

Through the shadows of Africa

She and I

She was my lady of the lake

Whom I loved like no other

She was my African Queen

In Ultra Sheen

My Hershey Bar

Movie star

As we cruised together

Down the Houston city streets

She fulfilled all my fantasies

The window rolled up tight

And the radio blaring just right

“Do you like to talk?” I asked

“Oh yes,” she purred

“Better and better yet,” I said

“Because I’ll tell you straight out,

I am a man that likes to talk to a woman

That likes to talk!”

She laughed and gave me a smile worth

All the rubies in Spain.