Trees in the Garden of St. Paul Hospital by Vincent Van Gogh

Trees in the Garden of St. Paul Hospital by Vincent Van Gogh

The building of the hospital for the mentally ill was imprinted by Van Gogh on many canvases. During the treatment, he repeatedly wrote it, including from the central entrance, sometimes placing on the foreground the old pines from the surrounding park.

The state of the artist was constantly changing, so the paintings written during this period vary greatly in mood and emotional coloring. In this landscape, anxiety and tension predominate, as evidenced by the color scheme and composition of the canvas.

Swirling strokes of heavy colors, interwoven with vortices, form the surface of all objects of the

landscape. The dense blue sky is covered by dark pine-tree crowns, the shapes of which give them similarities to the tongues of flame. Twisted trunks and branches of trees create a kind of curtain, which makes the picture tight and uncomfortable.

Perhaps it reflects the artist’s thoughts about the hopelessness of his situation. The building of the hospital is written with uneven lines, it seems to fall to one side. The brown earth is uplifted by mounds, resembling stormy sea waves, and two small figures of people seem to be lost in them small chunks. They can hardly be distinguished against the background of rickety and uneven tree trunks.

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