Trees and shrubs in the asylum garden, 1889
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
During the initial period of Van Gogh’s voluntary committal at the asylum in Saint-Rémy the artist was not allowed to leave the grounds of the institution. His doctor first wanted to obtain a good picture of his new patient’s illness. So Van Gogh’s immediate surroundings, the neglected garden of the asylum, became his new source of inspiration. This work is one of the seven brush drawings in which the artist represented the garden in late May and early June 1889. He depicted the foliage with a sure hand in rapid, rhythmical brush strokes. In the background is a sketchy figure.