The Garden of Saint Paul's Hospital, 1889

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 71.5 x 90.5 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • F 659

Van Gogh often worked in the garden at the hospital in Saint-Rémy. Describing this work to Emile Bernard in a letter of c. 26 November 1889, Van Gogh concluded: 'You’ll understand that this combination of red ochre, of green saddened with grey, of black lines that define the outlines, this gives rise a little to the feeling of anxiety from which some of my companions in misfortune often suffer, and which is called "seeing red". The French 'voir rouge' has always been misread as 'noir rouge' (black-red); the one letter difference altered the entire meaning of the sentence.

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