Long Grass with Butterflies

From May 1889 to May 1890, Van Gogh was a patient at the asylum at St. Rémy, near Arles. While at the asylum, Van Gogh’s subject matter was limited to the asylum’s grounds, which he described as a place where ‘the grass grows tall and unkempt, mixed with all kinds of weeds.’ It is this abandoned garden that Van Gogh depicts here, and in other works from his time at the asylum.

Creator: Vincent van Gogh

Date: 1890

Original Medium: Oil on canvas

Original Size: 64.5 x 80.7 cm

Location: National Gallery London