Vincent van Gogh / A Corridor in the Asylum / late May or June, 1889Vincent van Gogh
A Corridor in the Asylum
late May or June, 1889

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Creator Name: Gogh, Vincent Van
Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: Dutch, 1853-1890
Creator Name-CRT: Vincent van Gogh
Title: A Corridor in the Asylum
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1889
Creation End Date: 1889
Creation Date: late May or June, 1889
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Materials and Techniques: Black chalk and gouache on pink Ingres paper
Dimensions: 25-5/8 x 19-5/16 in. (65.1 x 49.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 48.190.2
Credit Line: Bequest of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, 1948

This haunting view of a sharply receding corridor is the artist's most powerful depiction of the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in St. Rémy, where he spent twelve months near the end of his life and where he painted the Museum's oils of olive groves, cypresses, roses, and irises ('Women Picking Olives' (1995.535.44); 'Olive Orchard' (1998.325.1); 'Cypresses' (49.30); 'Wheat Field with Cypresses' (1993.132); 'Irises' (58.187); 'Vase of Roses' (1993.400.5)). The buildings (largely remains of a twelfth-century monastery) were divided into men's and women's wards, but most of the small cells looking out on the neglected garden were empty when Van Gogh was there. One of the rooms he was able to use as a studio.

The artist sent this unusually large and colorful drawing to his brother Theo, to give a picture of his surroundings.

AMICA ID: MMA_.48.190.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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