• Posted:Monday, January 25, 2010
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Get to know Van Gogh in Paris

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Get to know Van Gogh in Paris
I've always been fascinated by people who are knowledgeable about art. I enjoy a good painting of sunflowers as much as the next man and will always make a point of visiting some of Da Vinci's work at the Louvre if I'm staying in a Paris hostel. But if you want someone to critique your latest masterpiece, I'm afraid you're more likely to get a worthwhile comment from Mona Lisa herself.

Nonetheless, the tales of some of the world's most famous artists are among the best stories in history and that of Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps the greatest of all. And in an article for the Independent, Cathy Packe has observed that a trip to Paris can help you learn a lot more about the man behind those famous flowers.

She explained that he arrived in the French capital back in 1886, at the ripe old age of 33. He lived with his brother Theo for two years and was introduced to some Impressionists, who apparently made quite an impression on him (terrible pun, do forgive me). A trip to the Musee d'Orsay will allow you to see the result of this, with a self-portrait among the 14 Van Gogh paintings that form part of a major Impressionist collection.

Your sightseeing adventures could also feature several important landmarks in the life and times of the Dutch master, including "the elegant buildings of the Boulevard de Clichy and the Pont du Carrousel, with the Louvre beyond it, which he painted from the left bank of the Seine".

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