Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May-June 1889
chalk, reed pen and pen and ink, on paper,
49.8 cm x 46.3 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
'He occupies himself with drawing all day long,' said the director of the asylum in Saint-Rémy. He was writing to Theo van Gogh to tell him about his brother's health.
The fountain that Vincent depicted here was at the entrance to the men's wing. You can see the building on the right of the drawing. Vincent did something unusual with the jet of water. He scraped away the ink, exposing the fibres of the paper so that the water shines brightly.