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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Still Life Paintings Using the Same Vase?

It was recently brought to our attention that three of the still life paintings which Van Gogh completed in May of 1890, near the end of his life, all depict the same vase.  We did a little bit of our own investigating and determined that this is most likely correct. It appears that the vase in Still Life: Vase with Irises Against a Yellow Background is the same as the vase in Still Life: Vase with Roses.  The vase in Still Life: Pink Roses in a Vase has a similar shape and handle on the side but is obviously a different color, which could simply be artistic license.  It’s difficult to say with absolute …..

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