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Vincent was still a patient at Saint Paul Hospital, in Saint-Remy, when he painted this hospital corridor in October of 1889.  The work is now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.

The Met, at its web site, provides further background on this painting:

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 ... 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.

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Web Gallery of Art.

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