Art lovers catching bus to New York City

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TRURO - Art lovers in the area have a chance to travel to New York City this summer to visit Vincent van Gogh's famous masterpiece, The Starry Night.

Dee Appleby, who teaches art history at the Seniors' College Association of Nova Scotia, has made travel and hotel arrangements for the trip through Atlantic Tours.

‘The Starry Night Express Coach' leaves Halifax and Truro on June 14, bound for Manhattan.

Van Gogh's masterpiece was painted during his asylum in Saint-Rémy, after he and Paul Gauguin had been living and working together in a studio in Arles, in the south of France. The result of their collaboration changed the course of modern art. This new style of art became known as Post-Impressionism, a term coined by the British artist and art critic Roger Fry in 1910 to describe the development of French art since Manet and the Impressionists.

While the collaboration between van Gogh and Gauguin ended in a dramatic scene that became one of the most well-known in art history - a partly severed ear for van Gogh and a hasty retreat for Gauguin - they nonetheless shared one the most productive periods of their careers. Shortly after Gauguin left, van Gogh admitted himself into the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence for a year, where he painted the most famous of his works in June 1889, The Starry Night.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City acquired The Starry Night in 1941 through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest.

The Starry Night Express will visit four museums: MoMA, the Metropolitan, the Frick and the Guggenheim. Evenings are left free to take in a Broadway show or two and Manhattan's famous restaurants. The highlight of the trip will be seeing van Gogh's nocturnal landscape of Saint-Rémy.

Appleby has been researching further tours to Giverny, home of Claude Monet's famous gardens and the great museums of Europe.

For information on The Starry Night Express and other cultural tours, contact dee.appleby@bellaliant.net.

Organizations: College Association of Nova Scotia, Starry Night Express Coach, MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

Geographic location: New York City, Manhattan, Saint-Rémy Atlantic Tours Arles France Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Broadway Giverny Europe

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