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A refuge for a great artist

This beautiful 11th century Monastery of St-Paul-de-Mausole, named after the nearby Mausoleum, located in the outskirts of St-Rémy de-Provence was a refuge the great post-impressionist painter Van Gogh towards the end of his life. He admitted himself in May 1889 and discharged himself in May 1890. However, while here he enjoyed a relatively stable period in a tempestuous life.

The most striking feature of the Monastery is wonderfully tranquil and cared for cloisters. Adorned with roses and box hedges, visitors are free to walk around and enjoy. There are also extensive gardens and at the back a small field where Van Gogh used to work. Upstairs is a recreation of his rather austere bathroom and, quite poignantly, the bedroom in which the great man slept. Like me, you may wish to allow yourself a few moments reflection at this point. Perhaps consider what life consisted of for such a talented man who could never find inner peace.

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Art & Culture

St Rémy to Arles In-A-Day

In the Footsteps of Van Gogh

St-Rémy In-A-Day

From Nostradamus to the Greeks via Van Gogh in St-Remy

Text © Paul Shawcross

Images by Photo by Paul Shawcross