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Art
and
sustainability

Vincent van Gogh

The Stevedores in Arles

1888
Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm (detail)

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Vincent van Gogh arrived in Arles in February 1888 in search of the light of the South of France. The Dutch painter reflected in his work the striking effect of light in this southern French city on the banks of the Rhone in a marked synthetic style with more intense colours. In this piece, Van Gogh captures the rippling afternoon light on the river and the hard work of the coal stevedores in the foreground. The dark brush strokes emphasise the efforts of the workers supplying this mineral to Arles. At the time, the river was an important transport link bringing raw materials and other products to the cities along its banks (Valence, Lyon, Avignon).

Vincent van Gogh

The Stevedores in Arles

1888
Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm (detail)

AUDIO GUIDE


Vincent van Gogh arrived in Arles in February 1888 in search of the light of the South of France. The Dutch painter reflected in his work the striking effect of light in this southern French city on the banks of the Rhone in a marked synthetic style with more intense colours. In this piece, Van Gogh captures the rippling afternoon light on the river and the hard work of the coal stevedores in the foreground. The dark brush strokes emphasise the efforts of the workers supplying this mineral to Arles. At the time, the river was an important transport link bringing raw materials and other products to the cities along its banks (Valence, Lyon, Avignon).
From coal to renewables

Today, over 100 years later, this very same river carries water to the dams that produce 20% of France’s hydroelectric output. The current transformation in the energy mix, from coal to renewable or clean energies, is a reality.

Solar radiation, wind, river currents, waves and biomass are clean, never-ending resources that nature provides us and which can be used to generate power with practically no impact on the environment.

20%
of France's hydroelectric output
1888
2017
06/12

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