When Vincent Van Gogh was suffering from severe mental illness in Arles, he was in hospital and could not paint at all. Later though, when he was recovering in the asylum in Saint-Rémy, work actually helped him to feel better.

Today 132 years ago, on 2 September 1889,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence:

"Yesterday I started working again a little – a thing I see from my window – a field of yellow stubble which is being ploughed, the opposition of the purplish ploughed earth with the strips of yellow stubble, background of hills. Work distracts me infinitely better than anything else, and if I could once really throw myself into it with all my energy that might possibly be the best remedy.”

Enclosed Field with Ploughman
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, 1889
Oil on canvas
54 x 65,4 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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