Our visit on this gorgeous, sun-drenched day was in great contrast to Van Gogh’s sad sojourn in Arles. His time there was fraught with violent seizures, hallucinations and outbursts, and he ultimately chose voluntary commitment in nearby Saint-Remy-de-Provence to the Monastere-St.Paul-de-Mausole.
The hospital, now called The Maison de Santé Saint-Paul, still functions as a psychiatric institution with a focus on art therapy. It’s just a short drive from Arles, and a section of the hospital is open to the Van-Gogh-loving public.
Van Gogh spent a more or less peaceful year at the hospital in Saint-Remy, arriving in May of 1889 and leaving in May of 1890. On July 27, 1890, he took his own life. During his lifetime, he sold only one painting.