Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Born in 1853 Vincent Willem van Gogh was the first surviving child of Anna van Gogh-Carbentus and the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh, a preacher in the Dutch Reformed Church.

Van Gogh arrived in Saint-Remy in May 1889. There he voluntarily committed himself to an asylum, originally built as a monastery in the 12th an 13th centuries. He continued to suffer from depression and paranoia

Initially, he depicted the interior environment, recreating for himself his room, a vestibule, the vaulted corridors of the old building. He also painted the asylum grounds, the park and the walled field.

Despite further episodes of debilitating mental illness, during his episodes of lucidity van Gogh continue to paint, producing some of masterpiece for which he is most famous, including Irises and Starry Night. He produced 150 canvases in total during asylum there.
Vincent van Gogh in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Starry Night by Van Gogh

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