The Garden of the Asylum at Saint-Remy by Vincent Van Gogh (549 PieceWooden Jigsaw Puzzle)
- Categories: 19th Century, Fine Art, Impressionist, Irregular Edge, Level 3, Modern, New Arrivals, Puzzles For Her, Puzzles For Him, Summer, Van Gogh
- Type: 500+ Piece Puzzle
On May 8, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh reported for treatment at the asylum Saint-Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy, not far from Arles. This treatment was in response to the violent incident that provoked him to cut off his own ear to silence the hallucinations he was experiencing. After attempting to gift the ear to a female acquaintance, his doctor recommended he be committed to the mental hospital.
He was not allowed to leave the grounds for the first month, but an overgrown garden within the walls proved to be a great source of inspiration.
Plagued by depression due to epilepsy with acute insanity and hallucinations, he spent the first few months isolated in his room.
His paintings during this time recount what he could see outside his window, along with the memories and emotions he experienced when looking out.
Despite his unstable mental health, this time at the asylum proved his most prolific and creative artistic period. From 1889 to 1890, he created 142 paintings, including one of his most famous - the incredible Starry Night.
For this painting of the asylum garden, Van Gogh chose an unusual viewpoint facing the hospital wall. As a result, the painting gains a different perspective from the diagonal path and stone bench. The exuberantly flowering bushes and trees are depicted in a tangle of thickly painted brushstrokes. Despite the huge variety of shapes and colors, the composition has amazing depth and structure and is considered one of his finest works.
In September of the previous year, Van Gogh wrote from Arles to his sister Wil about what the colors of the garden meant to him: "We all need good cheer and happiness, hope and love. The uglier, older, meaner, iller, poorer I get, the more I wish to take my revenge by doing brilliant color, well-arranged, resplendent".
- Includes a Bonus Poster to Guide Assembly
- Irregular Edge for a Little More Challenge
- Number of Puzzle Pieces: 549
- Completed Puzzle Size: 19" X 15"
- Artist: Vincent Van Gogh
- Serial #: NP22-549-496
- Wood Thickness: 4mm
- Cut Style: Victorian
- Difficulty: Level 3
- Made in the USA
- Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle
Vincent Willem van Gogh born in 1853 was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who posthumously became one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, most of which date from the last two years of his life. Many of his works of art have translated into wooden puzzles for adults.
Irises was painted in 1889 during his stay at the asylum Saint Paul de Mausole. The irises were originally painted purple, but over time the red pigment has faded leaving the irises blue. In our wooden jigsaw puzzles you can see all the irises are unique and blue.
Tragically, Van Gogh died at the too young age of 37 without ever knowing the recognition his art would receive or that he is now viewed as one of the most influential artists having helped lay the foundations of modern art.