Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Country road in Provence by night, 1890.
Kröller- Müller Museum, Otterlo.
Vincent Van Gogh. Still Life: Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers, 1888.
Egon Schiele. Sunflowers.
Vincent van Gogh. Starry Night of the Rhone, 1888. Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 92 cm.
Painted in September 1888 when the Big Dipper was bright in the sky.
Image source: Bridgeman Art Library
© Bridgeman Art Library / Musee d’Orsay, Paris, France / Giraudon
Vincent Van Gogh. L’Alee des Alyscamps, Arles, 1888.
Vincent van Gogh. The Prison Courtyard, 1890. Oil on canvas, 80 x 64 cm.
The State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (Музей изобразительных искусств им. А.С. Пушкина)
Van Gogh painted The Prison Courtyard while “imprisoned” himself, in the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint Rémy. He died 5 months later of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the culmination of his long struggle with physical and mental illness.
The Prison Courtyard expresses the artist’s hopelessness and despair. In the lower part of the painting, thirty-three inmates form a human corona, pacing heads down, in defeated rote and joyless resignation. In spite of the shared misery and monochrome prison garb, they are not uniformly anonymous; some faces can be deciphered, particularly the one in the center, whose blond hair is lighted by an imperceptible sun’s ray. That is van Gogh himself in what has been interpreted as a “metaphoric self-portrait”. (text writen by unknown)
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent to Theo, letter dated July 1880
“Does what happens inside show on the outside? There is such a great fire in one’s soul, and yet nobody ever comes to warm themselves there, and passersby see nothing but a little smoke coming from the top of the chimney, and go on their way.” [f]