The Mulberry Tree – Van Gogh’s Artistic Evolution

Van Gogh's The Mulberry Tree Painting

Van Gogh painted The Mulberry Tree in October of 1889, during his stay at the sanitorium Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-en-Provence.  He checked into the institution on May 8th, 1889 to recover from a series of mental breakdowns, including the infamous ear incident and a suicide attempt.  His time in the asylum was a refuge from the…

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,…