Struggles with his mental health led Van Gogh to admit himself to the psychiatric hospital of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, located in the Romanesque monastery of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Throughout his twelve-month confinement, he continued to paint. In addition to the picturesque wheat fields, olive groves, cypresses, roses, and irises in and around the monastery, he captured this interior view of one of the asylum’s corridors. Despite his colorful palette, the sharply receding corridor feels hollow and haunted. Van Gogh sent the drawing to his brother Theo to give him an impression of his new surroundings. His time in the asylum did not afford the cure the artist had hoped for, and he died by suicide shortly thereafter.
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Title:Corridor in the Asylum
Artist:Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
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)
Credit Line:Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1948
Inscription: [recto in graphite, lower right]: 14; [verso in pen and ink]: no. 14; [verso inscribed in graphite]: Hospice a St Remy
Marking: [watermark]: AL [in banderole] BAS
Theo van Gogh (Dutch); Vincent Willem van Gogh (Dutch)(the artist's nephew); Leicester Galleries, 1927; Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr. (American), American, New York 1929; Bequest of Mrs. J. D. Rockefeller (American)
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