Corridor of Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy

Corridor of Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy

Painting Date
15th of September 1889
Painting Type
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Image courtesy of New York Metropolitan Museum

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Date: September 1889
Medium: Oil color and essence over black chalk on pink laid (“Ingres”) paper
Dimensions: 25 5/8 x 19 5/16in. (65.1 x 49.1cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1948
Accession Number: 48.190.2

This haunting view of a sharply receding corridor is the artist’s most powerful depiction of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in St. Rémy, where he spent twelve months near the end of his life and where he painted the Museum’s oils of olive groves, cypresses, roses, and irises (“Women Picking Olives” (1995.535.44); “Olive Orchard” (1998.325.1); “Cypresses” (49.30); “Wheat Field with Cypresses” (1993.132); “Irises” (58.187); “Vase of Roses” (1993.400.5)). The buildings (largely remains of a twelfth-century monastery) were divided into men’s and women’s wards, but most of the small cells looking out on the neglected garden were empty when Van Gogh was there. One of the rooms he was able to use as a studio.

The artist sent this unusually large and colorful drawing to his brother Theo, to give a picture of his surroundings.

Watercolor, Black Chalk and Gouache on pink ingres paper
Saint-Rémy: October – 5-22, 1889
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York, United States of America, North America
F: ;1529, ;JH: ;1808

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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