One of the profound realizations I have had on the van Gogh tour is seeing the scenes he painted in person. When you are standing on the site you can see all the things he DIDN'T choose to paint. Here is a good example in Arles, in the south of France. Vincent painted several scenes along the Rhone River as it passes through Arles, including "Starry Night On The Rhone," his first pass at one of his most famous paintings (he painted four versions, the last being "Starry Night" which he painted while in the asylum in San Remy).
As a fellow artist I am always on the lookout for scenes that could make compelling paintings and in Arles, where the Romans built a coliseum and various structures and walls, it all seems so suited to the artist temperament, and although he did a couple paintings that flirted with the edges of that world, he chose some pretty ordinary things, like this bridge access not far from our apartment.
This is a very strong painting with a wonderful design and strong values. Here's how the site looks today: