The minister Salles
proposed that Vincent left the Arles hospital to go to that maison
de santé, twenty kilometres away from Arles, to take rest
for some months, before going back to the North.
Vincent, lost at sea, accepted this solution, but he soon complained about
that badly-kept institution, (cockroaches in the food), with
a frightening ménagerie.
Despite all this, he stayed almost a year there, achieving awesome paintings
in spite of the numerous fits which kept following one another.
The last, in February 1890, was particularly strong and unsettled him:
I feel worn out by this long fit and I dare think that the coming
change will cheer me up better. He asked to leave Saint Rémy
as quickly as possible, because things were getting worse there,
and the medicine got me even sicker.