Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May-June 1889
chalk, brush and oil paint and ink, on cardboard,
63.1 cm x 45.6 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh probably had only a little bit of leftover paint when he made this in Saint-Rémy. He was also out of canvas. So he used thinned oil paint on cardboard for this view of the garden of the asylum. He had arrived only recently and was not yet allowed to work beyond the garden walls. Later he was also permitted to draw and paint outside the complex.
Here he used not only paint but also coloured ink, which has faded to brown. The paint has also changed colour. This is especially clear in the steps, where the purple hue has become very faint.