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Room 3-02

Vincent van Gogh

Hospital Corridor at Saint-Rémy (1889), gouache and watercolor on paper.
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Bequest, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Photograph Copyright © 1997 The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Vincent van Gogh's subjects often came from his immediate surroundings and experiences. In this drawing, the artist depicts the Saint-Rémy asylum, to which he committed himself from 1889 to 1890. His staccato brushstrokes of artificial and luminous colors draw the viewer into the asylum's elongated, arched orridor. The passageway's succession of doorways underscores containment and isolation, as well as the figure's potential departure from the enclosed space. Van Gogh's drawing serves both as a record of and a metaphor for his confinement and his troubled emotions.

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