This weeks entry is from Saint Remy de Provence in France. This is renowned as the place where Vincent Van Gogh resided at the asylum – Saint-Paul de Mausolée Asylum – in 1889. This was just after the episode in which he cut off his ear. He wished to be confined here and found the atmosphere serene and understanding. He loved the beauty of the place which inspired him to paint 143 oils and over 100 drawings in the space of 53 weeks. Some of his most popular paintings from this period are “Starry Night”, “Olive Orchard”, “The Irises” and “The First Steps” amongst many others.
Next to the hospital is a monastery and this picture was taken on one side of the cloisters looking towards a wooden door.
It is still a working mental hospital today.
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