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Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole
Monastère Saint-Paul-de-Mausole
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Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole
Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole is located in France
Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole
Location within France
Monastery information
Full nameMonastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole
Established11th century
DisestablishedFrench Revolution
Functional statussecularized
Heritage designationNational Historical Monument
Designated date1883
Coordinates43°46?36?N 4°50?07?E / 43.776668°N 4.835159°E / 43.776668; 4.835159Coordinates: 43°46?36?N 4°50?07?E / 43.776668°N 4.835159°E / 43.776668; 4.835159

Monastery of Saint-Paul de Mausole (French: monastère Saint-Paul-de-Mausole) is a former monastery in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence, France. Several rooms of the building have been converted into a museum to Vincent van Gogh, who stayed there in 1889-1890.


The monastery was built in the 11th century. Franciscan monks established a psychiatric asylum there in 1605.

Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh's room in Saint-Paul de Mausole

In the aftermath of the 23 December 1888 breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear,[1][2] Vincent van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum on 8 May 1889.[3][4] Housed in a former monastery, Saint-Paul-de-Mausole catered to the wealthy and was less than half full when Van Gogh arrived,[5] allowing him to occupy not only a second-story bedroom but also a ground-floor room for use as a painting studio.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Naifeh & Smith 2011, pp. 701-7
  2. ^ Pickvance 1984, p. 159
  3. ^ Naifeh & Smith 2011, pp. 741-3
  4. ^ Pickvance 1986, pp. 25-6
  5. ^ Naifeh & Smith 2011, p. 746
  6. ^ Naifeh & Smith 2011, p. 754
  • Naifeh, Steven and Gregory White Smith (2011). Van Gogh: The Life. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-375-50748-9.
  • Pickvance, Ronald (1984). Van Gogh in Arles. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 0-87099-376-3.
  • Pickvance, Ronald (1986). Van Gogh In Saint-Rémy and Auvers (exhibition catalog, Metropolitan Museum of Art). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abrams. ISBN 0-87099-477-8.

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