For the last fortnight of October, Dick and I travelled to Avignon and St Remy de Provence; we drew every day. We visited was the Asylum of St Paul de Mausole, where Van Gogh was a patient for a year in 1889-90, and where he completed over a hundred paintings. This was an extraordinary and moving experience.
We saw the Alpilles from afar in Avignon, these steep limestone crags rise steeply from behind the Asylum; from our hotel window we looked straight up at them. Since coming home I’ve developed a number of paintings on this theme.