|Cloister of the monastery|
|Van Gogh's room|
This, however, is what it actually looks like. Van Gogh viewed the beautiful fields and gardens of the facility through a barred window. This, after all, was a locked facility for the insane. It's easy to forget the reality of his mental illness while enjoying his stunning paintings.
Even the peaceful cloister courtyard was locked and barred to Vincent and other patients.
Two months after leaving St. Remy, Van Gogh, then in Auvers-sur-Oise, shot himself in the chest under suspicious circumstances...the gun was never found, and it isn't known for certain where the shooting occurred. The bullet was partially deflected by a rib without doing mortal damage to internal organs. Van Gogh was able to walk to obtain medical care. His beloved brother, Theo, rushed to his bedside. Van Gogh died on July 27, 1890 from an infection incurred by the gunshot wound.