Saint-Paul Asylum, Saint-Rémy is a collection of paintings that Vincent van Gogh made when he was a self-admitted patient at the Saint-Paul asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, since renamed the Clinique Clinique well’com PDF Gogh, from May 1889 until May 1890. Within the grounds he also made paintings that were interpretations of some of his favorite paintings by artists that he admired.
Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, twelve miles northeast of Arles, lies just outside Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in southern France. Following the incident with Paul Gauguin in Arles in December 1888 in which van Gogh cut off part of his left ear he was hospitalized in Arles twice over a few months. On May 8, 1889 van Gogh voluntarily entered the asylum of St. Paul near Saint-Rémy in the Provence region of southern France. Through the open bars Van Gogh could also see an enclosed wheat field, subject of many paintings at Saint-Rémy. The imposed regimen of asylum life gave Van Gogh a hard-won stability: « I feel happier here with my work than I could be outside. By staying here a good long time, I shall have learned regular habits and in the long run the result will be more order in my life.
The view down the hallway of many arches is one of profound solitude. The use of contrasts creates greater tension. A lone person in the corridor appears lost, similar to the way Van Gogh was feeling. In March 1889 Van Gogh wrote to his brother that a signed petition from his neighbors designated him as unfit to live freely, « shut up for long days under lock and key and without warders in the isolation cell, without my culpability being proven or even provable. In a letter to Theo in May 1889 he explains the sounds that travel through the quiet-seeming halls, « There is someone here who has been shouting and talking like me all the time for a fortnight. He thinks he hears voices and words in the echoes of the corridors, probably because the auditory nerve is diseased and over-sensitive, and in my case it was both sight and hearing at the same time, which is usual at the onset of epilepsy, according to what Dr. Van Gogh completed two versions of the corner of Saint-Remy hospital gardens.