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”(..)
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(…)”
On his good days, he often painted in the institution’s walled garden and he was later allowed to work outside the hospital too.
Vincent was exceptionally productive at Saint-Rémy, where he completed around 150 paintings in the space of a year.
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…