Saint Rémy de Provence -in the footsteps of Vincent van Gogh#2


Self-Portrait, Saint-Rémy, late-August, 1889, original painting in Musee d’Orsay, Paris

After time in Arles, Vincent voluntarily went to the Saint- Paul de Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy de Provence. He did not feel well, for some period of time he was even unable to paint. However, the drill of an asylum helped him to improve his health condition… for a while.

He wrote a lot of letters to his brother Theo, where he described his feelings & emotions : (..)“I’ve been here almost a whole month, not one single time have I had the slightest desire to be elsewhere; just the will to work again is becoming a tiny bit firmer”(..)


The room of Vincent van Gogh in an asylum

Vincent has also described the day to day habits:”(…) Now I take a bath twice a week and stay in it for 2 hours, then my stomach is infinitely better than a year ago, so I only have to continue, as far as I know(…)”

bathroom in psychiatric hospital Saint- Paul de Mausole

On his good days, he often painted in the institution’s walled garden and he was later allowed to work outside the hospital too.

patio of asylum of Saint- Paul de Mausole
part of a walled garden

Vincent was exceptionally productive at Saint-Rémy, where he completed around 150 paintings in the space of a year.

Irises, Saint-Rémy: May 1889 original painting in Getty Center, L.A
Starry Night & Francois:))


Starry Night, Saint-Rémy: June 1889, original in The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Vincent Van Gogh Bedroom in Arles, original painting in Musee d’Orsay, Paris

This is his bedroom in Arles, not in Saint Rémy de Provence, however, he painted it during his stay at the hospital.

After visiting the asylum, we have sighted the city…


the place where I bought my favourites tapenades (product of Provence)
Street of St Rémy de Provence where Vincent painted The Road Menders


Vincent & I :))




source:  http://www.vggallery.com and