Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890): Bedroom in Arles (second1/19/2021, 4:23:52 PM
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890): Bedroom in Arles (second version), September 1889, Oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm, Art Institute of Chicago 'Bedroom in Arles' depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, France, known as the Yellow House. There are two more distinct versions of this composition. The window in the front wall looked on to Place Lamartine and its public gardens. Van Gogh started painting his first 'Bedroom' just after moving into his beloved “Yellow House” during mid October 1888, and explained his aims and means to his brother Theo: "This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but color must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream. Well, I have thought that on watching the composition we stop thinking and imagining. I have painted the walls pale violet. The ground with checked material. The wooden bed and the chairs, yellow like fresh butter; the sheet and the pillows, lemon light green. The bedspread, scarlet coloured. The window, green. The washbasin, orangey; the tank, blue. The doors, lilac. And, that is all. There is not anything else in this room with closed shutters. The square pieces of furniture must express unswerving rest; also the portraits on the wall, the mirror, the bottle, and some costumes. The white colour has not been applied to the picture, so its frame will be white, aimed to get me even with the compulsory rest recommended for me. I have depicted no type of shade or shadow; I have only applied simple plain colours, like those in crêpes." Van Gogh included sketches of the composition in this letter as well as in a letter to Gauguin, written slightly later. In April 1889, van Gogh sent the initial version to his brother regretting that it had been damaged by the flood of the Rhône while he was interned at the Old Hospital in Arles. Theo proposed to have it relined and sent back to him in order to copy it. This "repetition" in original scale (Van Gogh's term was "répetition") was executed in September 1889. Both paintings were then sent back to Theo.