Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres
inspired by the painting by Vincent van Gogh
Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres is the story of the passionate connection between Madame Marion Arnaud and her brother Marcel Jarvel. As children growing up in an austere household in Brittany, they escaped their hardship by sneaking away together to enjoy the fields and woods surrounding their home village as well as the local circus. Their passion for one another led their parents to try to keep them apart, even to the point of arranging a marriage for their daughter with a distant, well-off cousin in Paris. The siblings, however, could not be separated for long, despite repeated threats from their parents and Madame Arnaud's husband. When Madame learns that her brother really needs her, she fashions an unusual plot to convince her mean-spirited husband to allow her to care for him. A touching story of love between a brother and sister that survived many difficulties. Inspired by the painting of the same name by Vincent Van Gogh.
FICTION / General
ISBN: 978-1-941830-03-1 (print)
72 pages; 2 illustrations
Greg Bogaerts was born in Newcastle, Australia and has lived there for more than fifty years. In addition to being a writer, he has been a schoolteacher, a solicitor, a laborer with BHP (an Australian-based multinational mining company), and a taxi driver. His stories, many of them generated from his working life experiences and centered upon Newcastle and Novocastrians, have been published in journals, newspapers, and anthologies in Australia and the United States. His collection of short stories inspired by photographs by Eugene Atget was publishing by Shanti Arts Publishing (Walking Paris Streets with Eugene Atget: Inspired Stories About the Ragpicker, Lampshade Vendor, and Other Characters and Places of Old France, 2013) He has had one novel published; Black Diamonds and Dust (The Vulgar Press, 2005) tells the tragic and important story of coal-mining in Newcastle in the 1880s and 1890s. His stories inspired by paintings of Vincent Van Gogh were developed into five novellas, of which Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres is one. Two others have been published by Shanti Arts Publishing (2014): Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book and Avenue of Poplars in Autumn.
Bogaerts attended the University of Newcastle where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Diploma of Education, and a Master of Educational Studies degree. He obtained a Bachelor of Legal Studies degree from Macquarie University. He was the first and only member of his family to go to university, something that began the alienation from his immediate family.
Bogaerts’ writing took a new turn when he began a series of short stories based on the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh and the Australian painters William Dobell and Russell Drysdale. He developed the Van Gogh stories into five novellas and eventually a novel, Montmartre, using Van Gogh’s paintings of the top of the butte as the main source of inspiration for the book. He is at present working on a series of short stories based on the paintings of American artist Leslie Anderson and a novel, The Chosen, based on his experiences living in Cooranbong, Australia.
Greg Bogaerts is married to Jill and he has a cat named Whisper.
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