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The Prison Courtyard by Vincent van Gogh

    The Prison Courtyard by Vincent van Gogh

    The Prison Courtyard by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1890. The painting is in Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow. The size of the work is 80 x 64 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The extreme tension of work without a break led to another bout of insanity, and he was sent to a psychiatric hospital. The artist expressed his state of extreme depression and sense of lacking personal freedom in his most tragic picture The Prison Courtyard, which was painted at the beginning of 1890 in the Saint-Rémy asylum. For this work Van Gogh made use of the composition in an engraving after a drawing by Gustave Doré. (Read more in Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow)

    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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