A Corridor in the Asylum
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Jul-27-2006
- Last revised: Aug-23-2006
A long hallway stretches almost all the way to the end of the viewer's perspective. One solitary figure about halfway down the hall makes a quick exit from our view as it ducks into an abutting room. The hallway is colored in somber tones--browns, greens, and muddy yellows make up most of the coloration. These colors make the hallway appear as though it is composed of awkward rivers flowing across the plane of the floor, suggesting a sort of moat or barricade across which travel might be difficult. Additionally, the archways are not stylistically consistent--the arch closest to the viewer is more plain, more bleak, and seems to cordon off the viewer's end of the hall from the remainder of the corridor.
Ronald Pickvance. Van Gogh in Saint Rémy and Auvers. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art/Harry N. Abrams (1986)