March 26th, 1889 – Paul Signac visits Vincent in the hospital at Arles.

March 26th, 1889 – Paul Signac visits Vincent in the hospital at Arles.

After a month without a book or his paints, together Vincent and Signac are allowed to go the Yellow House and Signac is allowed to force open the door as the police have broken the lock during Vincent’s incarceration.  Vincent presents Signac with a painting of bloaters (a demeaning reference to the people of Arles) similar to two studies Vincent had completed in Paris. Signac had admired these pieces during Vincent’s stay there and the summer months spent together in Asnieres sur Seine painting from the river banks.  After this visit, Vincent will be allowed to read and paint again at the asylum/hospital in Arles.  Signac sends a letter to Theo the next day reporting Vincent to be in good health both physically and mentally.


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