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“Art Lovers Refuge”

St. Paul de Mausole
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Owner description: Psychiatric centre which treated Van Gogh after he cut off his ear.
Oakville, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 383 helpful votes
“Art Lovers Refuge”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

This is the asylum where Van Gogh sought treatment before his visit to the last doctor he befriended. He checked himself in after cutting off his year and it was during his year long stay that he was most prolific. It was a tortuous time. He suffered seizures and tried to commit suicide by eating paint and oil from the lamps. This contributed to the belief that he successfully killed himself later. I want to to subscribe to the theory that a neighbouring young boy accidentally shot him and Van Gogh, for unknown reasons, never revealed the truth.
It is a very, very peaceful place which still treats psychiatric patients whose art is on display and for sale. Throughout the site are reproductions of the artist's work in the approximate areas where he observed the scene he was painting. A touching recreation of Van Gogh's actual room may be toured. I really liked the place - the gardens, the serenity and the views. It gives a visitor an accurate picture of how the mentally ill were treated and the strides that have since been made. It is definitely worth a stop.

Visited October 2013
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Good quick visit”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Historic artistic significance, best at lavender time. Van Goghs room however was a disappointment in that furniture bore little resemblance to the furniture that he painted which was actually in his room. For example, he painted a wooden bed and they have a metal frame bed in the room! If only they put in a little more effort!

Visited June 2014
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Quite interesting”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

As we are both quite familiair with the Dutch painter van Gogh, we visited his former mental institute in Saint Remy de Provence. You can more or less see what van Gogh painted in which location when he was being treated here at the end of the 19th century. It is quite interesting to see how he lived here, but don't expect this to be a museum. Van Gogh's quarters is open to visit and so is the garden on which he had a view. You can also read about the reports that were made about the patient van Gogh when he was there and you get an insight on how life has been in those days.

You can have a discount when you have tickets for other attractions on the area, but show this at your own risk at the cashier of this location, because she can rudely disagree to give a discount (even though this is stated on the tickets). We both speak French quite well so it was not a matter of communication, but it seems this attraction does not get it's good reviews from their 'friendly' cashier... So other than the above, it is worth a visit if you like the work of the painter.

Visited August 2014
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“A must for all lovers of VanGogh”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

Seeing the building and grounds where the artist spent one of his most productive years was among the most memorable of our trip to Provence. The walk from the town, lined with examples of his work, adds to the experience. Seeing the humble setting where the artist created some of his masterpieces, you can't help but think that the hundred or so works he created here are worth billions, if not billions, today. It's significant that the foundation that operates the property still engages in art therapy for the mentally ill and some of their works are sold in the museum shop.

Only drawback was the inoperable bathroom - the only one for miles around - that the staff seemed unconcerned about. Make sure the restroom is working before you buy your ticket!

Visited July 2014
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New Paltz, New York
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“An aesthetic and historic expereince”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

The hospital in which Van Gogh was voluntarily confined is worth an out-of -the-way trip. The building itself, and the grounds are beautiful. Van Gogh's room has been carefully restored, and reproductions of some of the 150 paintings he did here are placed on the grounds in such a way that you can see them and the scene he was looking at while he painted simultaneously.
Bonus, right across the way are the ancient ruins of the Roman city of Glanum.

Visited June 2014
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