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Alumni Travel Reading: Southern France: Languedoc & Provence

A Land of Art

Van Gogh: "Starry Night" (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. June 1889) [F612], by Mia Feigelson

Portrait of an Artist

Toulouse-Lautrec: The Full Story. Channel Four (Great Britain), 2006. Run time: 120 minutes.

Art critic Waldemar Januszczak presents an in-depth biography of the controversial French painter. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s life encompassed aristocracy, obsession, and alcoholic and sexual excess. He is also responsible for a huge body of work, revolutionary in blurring the boundaries between high and low art. A century after his death, Januszczak argues that the artist remains the perennial outsider, undervalued by art historians.

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French Riviera

Rita Crane Photography: Twilight in Old Town Menton, French Riviera, by Rita Crane

Southern France: Languedoc to Provence

Fields of lavender

Valensole (Provence - France), by Jorge Sanmartín Maïssa


Selected and Annotated By: 

Nancy Shawcross
Bibliographer for French and Francophone Language and Literature (retired)

Alixandra Boucher
Collections Assistant

David McKnight
Bibliographer for French and Francophone Language and Literature

For more information about this and other excursions, visit the Penn Alumni Travel webpage.

The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh's "Starry Night"

Take a look at this thought-provoking TED-Ed talk from 2014 presented by Natalya St. Clair, in which the mathematically fluidity behind Van Gogh's Starry Night is explained.

For more information, visit TED-Ed's Youtube channel.

History and Architecture

Medieval chateau

Château de La Cité, by Javier Medina

Travel and Culture

Mountain with stream and bridge in countryside

Pyrenees, by stevemonty

France in the Second World War

Band of Brothers. HBO Home Video, 2002. 10 episodes. Running time: 705 minutes.

The HBO miniseries is universally acclaimed as the best film representation of D-Day. It is based on two books by Stephen E. Ambrose: Band of Brothers (1992) and D-Day (1994), which take a personal approach to the historic event by focusing on the viewpoints of individual soldiers in World War II. Directed by David Frankel as well as by Tom Hanks, the series stars Damian Lewis (currently seen on Homeland), Ron Livingston (currently seen on Boardwalk Empire), and Donnie Wahlberg (currently seen on Blue Bloods), among others.

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