Starry, Starry Day Part Deux

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.

Copies of the works Van Gogh painted as a patient are displayed around the hospital grounds

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.

Stairwell leading to Van Gogh's hospital room

They've refitted Van Gogh's room to look as it did during his stay there.

This was the view Van Gogh saw from his room.

View of the hospital from the garden, which is planted much as it was during Van Gogh's stay.

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.

Van Gogh painted his famous "Starry Night" during his time at the hospital in Saint-Remy

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3 Responses to Starry, Starry Day Part Deux

  1. jess says:

    Wow. That reconstructed bed is a true doppelganger. I myself have his other Starry Night print framed in my house. It was fascinating to see his two Starry Night works “before and after” based on his relationship with Gaugain. Both are fascinating and beautiful.

  2. Ang says:

    v interesting. (say secret thank you, to tempurpedic…)

  3. CE says:

    Loved Starry Night, loved the self portrait.

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