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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