field with fence in background; graphite sketch of building façade, verso

Vue du champ derrière l'asile Saint-Paul, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, 1889

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Suffering from increasingly acute attacks of mental illness, Vincent van Gogh voluntarily entered an asylum in the spring of 1889, just over a year before his suicide. The hospital of Saint Paul’s was in a 12th-century monastery in the countryside near Arles, in southern France. This view of wheat fields was likely the one van Gogh saw from his small cell in the asylum. He focused on the sparseness of the environment and texture of the wheat grass. Using the field’s walled enclosure and distant horizon, he convincingly structured the space in perspective and simultaneously evoked the vastness and loneliness of the rural landscape.

Vue du champ derrière l'asile Saint-Paul, Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Artist Life
1853 - 1890
Accession Number
The artist's brother, Theo van Gogh, Paris (1890-d.1891) his widow, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam (1891-d.1925); her son, Vincent Willem van Gogh, Amsterdam (1925-1942; gave to neighbor); private collection [for confidential name, see object file] (May 12, 1942-1997; lent to Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, 1988-1997; sold to Dickinson Roundell); [Dickinson Roundell, New York 1997-2000; exhibited at Maastricht fair, 2000]; [Brame & Lorenceau, Paris; until 2001, sold to Dayton]; Ruth and Bruce Dayton, Wayzata, MN (2001, gave to MIA)
Catalogue Raisonne
De La Faille no. 1559
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field with fence in background; graphite sketch of building façade, verso