Van Gogh was a passionate individual. While working, he often lost track of the world around him and sometimes neglected to take proper care of himself. In late 1888, he went through the first in a series of psychological crises. For some time, he had himself admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where despite his illness he experienced highly prolific periods. In 1890, however, while staying in Auvers-sur-Oise, a rural village near Paris, Van Gogh took his own life.