64 days in heaven and hell (118) Day 31, November 22 Van Gogh’s paintings, sketches and drawings were all around in the Yellow House. Gauguin certainly didn’t like all of them, but the ‘Roubine du Roi’ works must have caught his attention for some reason. They inspired him to paint this almost abstract, but intriguing scene with washerwomen on the bank of the canal. It was his most daring attempt up to this day. His self-confidence was peaking right after a few encouraging messages. His art dealer (Vincent’s brother Theo) had just written him about the sale of a few paintings and of Degas’ praise for his work. Only a few days later an invitation to participate in the next exhibition of the renowned ‘Les XX’ found it’s way to the Yellow House.
In contrast, Van Gogh’s morale was deeply affected by Gauguin’s successes.
Paul Gauguin, Laveuses à Arles (Washerwomen at Arles), November 1888. Oil on burlap, 74 x 92 cm. Musea de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Spain