GOGH, Vincent van
(b. 1853, Groot Zundert, d. 1890, Auvers-sur-Oise)
Ward in the Hospital in ArlesApril 1889, Arles
Oil on canvas, 74 x 92 cm
Oskar Reinhart Collection, Winterthur
Catalogue numbers: F 646, JH 1686.
After mutilating himself by with a knife, van Gogh was hospitalised. Weeks of detention here led to the choice of the subjects of two paintings, The Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles (F 519) and the Ward in the Hospital in Arles (F 646). These paintings express the trials and sorrows of isolation.