Window in the studio, 1889
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
In the St Paul-de-Mausole asylum Van Gogh was not only given a bedroom but also an extra room as a studio. In September or October 1889 he drew a small part of this room, with the window looking out onto the garden. During the same period he produced two other views of the asylum interior, employing the same technique to depict the vestibule and corridor.
The drawing, in which the barred window commands the viewer’s attention, has sometimes been interpreted as a symbol of Van Gogh’s confinement. However, it is more likely that the artist simply wanted to depict his immediate surroundings. In Paris and Arles, he had already tackled similar scenes, such as Window in the Bataille Restaurant.