23 July 1889 – a Tuesday

they won’t let me paint
they are afraid I’ll lose myself —
swallow turpentine 1

© rl busséll 2019 – All rights reserved


Background image: Blossoming Almond Tree by Vincent van Gogh, Oil on Canvas, Saint-Rémy, France: February, 1890, Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

From 16 July to 21 August 1889 there is no correspondence from Vincent Van Gogh.

  1. Van Gogh not only ate filthy things he picked up from the ground but also tried to poison himself by eating paint and drinking turpentine, as emerges from the ‘monthly notes’ recorded by Dr Peyron in the admissions register of Saint-Rémy. (See Le grand registre de l’asile de Saint-Rémy in Documentation, 8 May 1889.) This was probably why he was not allowed to go to his studio. Letter 797

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