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The Garden of Saint Paul’s Hospital by Vincent van Gogh

    The Garden of Saint Paul's Hospital by Vincent van Gogh

    The Garden of Saint Paul’s Hospital by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1889. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. The size of the work is 72 x 91 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    This painting shows the garden of the asylum in Saint-Rémy where Van Gogh was admitted for a year. He regularly worked there when his illness prevented him from leaving the site. Gogh wrote to his friend Bernard about this painting: ‘You understand that the combination of red ocher, green that has been darkened with gray and the black stripes that indicate the contours, arouse a bit of the feeling of fear that some of my fellow sufferers sometimes suffer, that is called “having a red haze before the eyes”.’ Van Gogh had discovered that he could express a feeling with colours. He enhanced the emotional charge of his works by combining colors to create harmony or contrast.

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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