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Art and Images in Psychiatry
July 2010

Asylum at Saint-Rémy

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(7):666. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2010.80

As for doing painting and not to be sequestered in the establishment, I promise you that we will facilitate every means to allow [Vincent] his natural tastes and, in the house, allow him the greatest liberty compatible with his mental state.

—Dr Théophile Peyron to Theo van Gogh, Saint-Rémy, April 29, 1889

On May 8, 1889, Vincent van Gogh was voluntarily admitted to the asylum of Saint-Paul de Mausole, formerly a 12th-century Romanesque monastery, in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. The town took its name from a bishop of Reims who is said to have brought about a miraculous cure there on his way to Avignon.2

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