A Woman Walking in a Garden – A Reader’s Question

We recently received the following message from a Van Gogh Gallery visitor: Hello, I’m wondering if it is known who the woman is (a name..?) in the painting, A Woman Walking in a Garden. Vincent van Gogh painted A Woman Walking in a Garden in 1887. The painting is aptly named as it depicts a woman walking through a garden, surrounded by greenery and hints of red and yellow flowers. Unfortunately we can find no clue as to who the woman is. Van Gogh’s letters usually provide many clues however, there are not many letters from Van Gogh in 1887 as he lived in Paris with Theo, and Theo was the recipient of …..

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Van Gogh’s Studio in the Asylum

On May 8, 1889, Vincent van Gogh took a train to St. Remy and became a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in the south of France.  Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, arranged for him to have two small adjoining rooms, or cells, each with bars on the windows, just as all the rooms in the asylum.  One room was for Van Gogh to stay in, while the other was for him to use as a studio to paint.  And paint he did, Van Gogh created nearly 150 paintings and over 100 drawings while in the hospital. Shortly after arriving at St. Remy, Van Gogh wrote to Theo saying, “I want …..

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Van Gogh’s Portraits of François and Jeanne Trabuc

While at the asylum in Saint-Remy, Vincent van Gogh painted a few portraits.  One of the portraits is of Francois Trabuc, the chief orderly, or overseer, at Saint-Paul.  On September 5th or 6th of 1889 Van Gogh wrote to his brother about the portrait and Trabuc, who Van Gogh found to have an interesting look, “Yesterday I began the portrait of the chief attendant, and I may do his wife as well, since he is married and lives in a little farmhouse a stone’s throw from the institution. A most interesting face. There’s a beautiful etching by Legros of an old Spanish grandee – if you remember it, it will …..

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