Van Gogh’s Bookshop

Les Livres Jaunes (The Yellow Books)

“I think that I still have it in my heart someday to paint a bookshop with the front yellow and pink in the evening…like a light in the midst of the darkness.”

Vincent Van Gogh

Sketch for Self-Portrait

And more than one hundred years later, Neil Gaiman says –

“What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.”

I want to visit Van Gogh’s bookshop.

Glowing yellow and pink in the encroaching darkness.

But inside, much larger than it looks from without.  Wall to wall books, stretching out as far as the eye can see, rising higher than the ceiling should allow. With its own warm yellowish light.  And nooks in which to sit with a book taken from a shelf or a table…

Alex Roman's rendering of the Library in the Ryotaro Shiba Museum

Perhaps one of the many books Van Gogh painted.

Still Life with 3 Books, by Vincent Van Gogh

Opening it up at random…

Seeing the words printed on the page, painted on the canvas of my mind, each one a living thing. Burrowing deeper into my subconscious.

Sssshhhh.   Quiet.   Don’t disturb me.  Not now….

I’m reading.

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2 comments on “Van Gogh’s Bookshop

  1. Adriana Degetau says:

    botas y camas y lámparas, unas mesas de billar, pájaros, nubes, papas, comedores de papas, putas, pintores, doctores, pastizales, luz, pero no sabía que van gogh -fan gogh =)- pintó libros. Qué buena idea. Es como pintar botellas de alcohol.

  2. y también: vacas y trigales, anémonas y campos, pianos, lilas, excavadores, amapolas, campesinos, mejillones y camarones. Y también fumadores, lectores, gitanos….y personas locas.

    Y libros.

    But la idea de pintar bebidas alcohólicas….tiene sus méritos.

    De la patada….a la botella? When will we get to see them?

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