Sunday, 3 July 2016

VAN GOGH'S SAINT PAUL DE MAUSOLE








We arrive at Saint Paul de Mausole just outside Saint Rémy
during the hottest hours of the day. 
This former monastery is the asylum 
where Vincent Van Gogh
committed himself voluntarily
for a year, a week & a day.
It's where he received treatment & rested,
at times not being able to work at all,
but when he could,
churning out piece after piece,
including masterpieces like Starry Night and Irises.




We first enter a simple chapel,
















then into the the main building
and a reconstructed kitchen. 

















The asylum is centered around Romanesque cloisters,
which envelop an inner garden.
The buildings still house a psychiatric hospital today,
and there's a very special, tranquil, 
somewhat fragile feeling,
as you quietly walk and take it all in.






















Upstairs, Van Gogh's small, modest room -
a simple green metal bed, his easel,
barred windows that overlook fields at the back.












Old windows
distort the view down towards the inner garden
like a daguerreotype. 
















And behind,
wheat fields, poppies, lavender.
















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12 comments:

  1. Wystarczyło tylko kilka chwil i dzięki wspaniałym Twoim zdjęciom poczułam atmoferę tego miejsca. Pozdrawiam :-).

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    1. I'll have to reply in English I'm afraid :)
      - thank you for taking time to leave
      beautiful behind your beautiful words
      dear Alicja, x

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    1. Thank you dear Anna
      - this place was something else, xx

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  3. Beautiful capture and thought provoking.

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    1. Thank you dearest Kerrie so much!
      The place had a very special atmosphere,
      calming for the soul, x

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  4. Nämä ovat niin kauniita kuvia!
    Minä olen parikymppisenä käynyt tuossa kylässä, pitkin poikin Provencea, mutta reissusta on vain yksi 36 kuvan rulla ja yksi ainoa heilahtanut kuva tuostakin kylästä! Saisipa tehdä sen matkan uudelleen, siis tässä iässä.

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    1. Oi, toivottavasti onnistuu uusintareissu vielä noihin maisemiin!
      Olin matkasta Provenceen haaveksinut monta monta vuotta,
      tämä siis mun eka kerta siellä.
      Ja nyt jo tiedän, että haluan vielä palata,
      montakin kertaa, jos vain mahdollista!
      Käytiin tuolla St Remyssä useamman kerran,
      oli sen verran lähellä.
      Nähtiin siellä myös paikallinen "juhannuksen" vietto,
      Fête de la musique, mikä oli hauska kokemus!

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  5. je suis heureuse de voir un beau post sur le plus beau lieu de ma ville.
    J'aime aller m'y ressourcer.
    Amicalement,

    Manon

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    1. And English again, sorry,
      although I really feel I should attempt in French.
      You are so lucky dear Manon
      to live in such a lovely place,
      and to get to visit this special place so often.
      This place was incredibly beautiful,
      everything about it!
      x

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