Vincent van Gogh's 1889 Self-Portrait reflects the violence of the seizures Vincent suffered in the summer, which left him debilitated. To prevent him from ingesting more turpentine, his doctors confiscated his painting materials. When Vincent recovered sufficient calm and strength, he was able to return to painting. Van Gogh's first self-portrait of this time shows him haggard, and he described his appearance as "lean and pale, a poor devil," but he positioned himself to hide his maimed ear.
Vincent van Gogh found material for his art in the asylum in Saint-Rémy, as he did at the hospital in Arles. Keep reading to learn about his depiction of the asylum.