Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, September-October 1889
chalk, brush and oil paint, on paper,
61.6 cm x 47.1 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Here you see the entrance hall of the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. This medieval building started out as a monastery. After Van Gogh had cut off his ear and spent some time in the hospital in Arles, he had himself admitted here. When he felt up to it, he would go outside to draw or paint.
If you zoom in, you can see that Van Gogh made this drawing on pink paper. That's especially clear when you look at the floor in the foreground. There you can also see the black chalk lines of the underdrawing. He painted over that drawing in oils.