View of the Asylum and Chapel of Saint-Rémy

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View of the Asylum and Chapel of Saint-Rémy
Vincent van Gogh - View of the Asylum and Chapel of Saint-Rémy (F803).jpg
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1889
Catalogue F803 / JH2124
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 45.1 cm × 60.4 cm (17.8 in × 23.8 in)
Location Private collection

View of the Asylum and Chapel of Saint-Rémy is an oil on canvas painting by Vincent van Gogh that he painted in autumn 1889 at Saint-Rémy, France, where he had voluntarily incarcerated himself in a lunatic asylum.

The painting was originally thought to be a view of the church at Labbeville, near Auvers, where he moved following his stay at the asylum, but it is now accepted to be a view of the asylum and church at Saint-Rémy,[1] it may have been among the 'autumn studies' mentioned in Vincent's letter to his brother Theo of 7 December 1889.[2]

According to Ronald Pickvance, "the view is unique in van Gogh's entire Saint-Remy oeuvre, it is the only work that affords a glimpse of the Romanesque tower of the original Augustinian monastery; in this respect, it can be compared with several views of the Romanesque tower of Saint-Trophime in Arles (e.g., F409, F515). Stylistically, it can be compared with Entrance to a Quarry".[3]

The painting was in the collection of the actress Elizabeth Taylor, on display in her living room, and was sold at auction in 2012 following her death for $15,991,575.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de la Faille, Jacob Baart (1970). The works of Vincent van Gogh. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff. p. 305. 
  2. ^ "To Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saturday, 7 December 1889". Van Gogh Museum. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Pickvance, Ronald (1986). Van Gogh in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-87099-477-7. 
  4. ^ Deborah Arthurs; Daniel Bates (7 February 2012). "£10m for Van Gogh that Liz Taylor kept in her living room: Actress' art collection smashes £9m estimate to sell for £14m". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Christie's, LotFinder: entry 5532359 (sale 8049, lot 12, London, 7 February 2012)

Bibliography[edit]

  • de la Faille, Jacob-Baart. The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1970. ISBN 978-1-55660-811-7
  • Hulsker, Jan. The Complete Van Gogh. Oxford: Phaidon, 1980. ISBN 0-7148-2028-8
  • Naifeh, Steven; Smith, Gregory White. Van Gogh: The Life. Profile Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1-84668-010-6