Avenue of Poplars in Autumn
inspired by the painting by Vincent van Gogh
Avenue of Poplars in Autumn is the tragic story of Marcel Saint Cloud, a country farmer, who marries Madame Rosemary Vert, a widow used to rubbing shoulders with the aristocracy whose former husband left her with a daughter as well as numerous debts and no money to pay them. The couple manage to overcome many initial difficulties and fall madly in love. Saint Cloud becomes a devoted and adoring husband, and Madame becomes equally as devoted as well as a happy manager of the domestic matters of the farm. Numerous troubles befall them, which Saint Cloud recalls as he strolls through the avenue of poplars that leads to his farmhouse. A sad but beautiful story inspired by the painting of the same name by Vincent Van Gogh.
FICTION / General
ISBN: 978-1-941830-00-0 (print)
76 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 Avenue of Poplars in Autumn is one. Two others have been published by Shanti Arts Publishing (2014): Blossoming Almond Branch in a Glass with a Book and Bridges Across the Seine at Asnieres.
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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