View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole is another of Van Gogh’s church paintings. Van Gogh arrived in Saint Remy de Provence from Arles on May 8, 1889 and admitted himself to the Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum. During his 52 week visit, he was inspired by the quality of light and the beautiful landscapes surrounding the area. It was during this time that he created over 100 drawings and 143 oil paintings including View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole which he painted in October of 1889.
Saint Paul-de-Mausole was built beside the Roman site of Glanum which was believed to have spiritual and healing powers from as early as the 4th century BC. During its medieval history, Saint Paul-de-Mausole became a monastery and later the mental hospital building was added to the complex.
Saint Paul de Mausole is still open today as a psychiatric health institution for short-stay psychiatric treatments. Parts of the complex are open for the public to tour including a reproduction of the room where Van Gogh stayed during his time there.
Van Gogh’s View of the Church of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole sold at Christie’s in London on February 7, 2012 for over 16 million dollars.