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Who’s Mrs. GINOUX?

Mrs GINOUX is called Marie JULIEN. She was born on 8 June 1848 in Arles. Her parents are Pierre JULIEN (47 years old), a farmer and Marie ALLET (43 years old). They live on Saint Michel de l’Escale street in Arles. At the age of 17, Marie got married on February 7, 1866 with Joseph Michel GINOUX (31 years old), a railway lampoonist. Joseph was born on 6 April 1835 in Rognonas. Regarding to the generations of GINOUX, they come from Chateaurenard and not from Lourmarin as our ancestors.

The couple Mary and Joseph hold “café de la gare”, located on 30 Lamartine square. This café is one of those frequented by the painter Vincent Van Gogh during his stay in Arles. Below are paintings by Van Gogh describing the interior of this café, depicting Mrs. and Mr. GINOUX.


Madame GINOUX in her café, painted by Gauguin

Madame GINOUX died on 2 August 1911 in Arles.

Who are the two painters frequenting his café ?

Vincent Van Gogh receives the painter Gauguin for a few weeks. Their antics are told here: an explosive friendship

Discover Gauguin, the Impressionist.

Vincent Van Gogh’s gallery   All his works are listed on this website.

Another gallery that even helps you to sell your paintings (if you own some!) : ArtSy

The main Van Gogh museum is in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

The second is the Kröller-Müller museum in the Upper Veluwe National Park in Otterlo (The Netherlands).

Every city that Van Gogh passed through has a Van Gogh place:

Even today, Madame GINOUX generates interest

Between 1888 to 1890, from Arles to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence via Saintes-Marie de la Mer, it is believe that Van Gogh had drawn 65 drawings with reed pen and ink on an account book. At least, this theory is supported by the world-renowned expert, Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov, in a book she wrote. It will be published tomorrow and will be entitled “Vincent Van Gogh, Le Brouillard d’Arles, carnet retrouvé” (Editions du Seuil, 288 pages). With help of archives and other expert reports on paper, she claims to have authenticated these landscapes, profile and self-profile as Van Gogh’s work. This attribution is supported and approved by Ronald Pickvance himself, recognized as the specialist of Van Gogh’s Arlesian period. According to experts from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, it is nonsense. In the middle of a press conference on Tuesday, they issued a press release denouncing “draw imitations”.The authors of the discovery put forward a solid argument and a proof as disturbing as it is tangible. “The cornerstone.” A small logbook from the “Café de la gare” which, in the handwriting of an employee at the time, mentions the sketchbook. “Mr. Rey deposited for Mr. and Mrs. Ginoux from the painter Van Gogh, empty olive cans, packet of checked towels and a large sketchbook and apologizes for the delay. “It is four days now after Van Gogh’s departure for Auvers-sur-Oise. His last trip…While waiting to untangle the true from the false, the author of the discovery, a specialist in 19th and 20th century art and president of the Monte-Carlo Auction House, Franck Baille, unveils the original drawings to us as the exclusive agent of the current owner. 
Article taken from the newspaper Monaco Matin of November 2016