About Vincent Van Gogh Bedroom Paintings

Van Gogh Painting His Bedroom

Two video lessons on the art of Vincent van Gogh’s Painting Of His Bedroom. We learn about van Gogh’s famous Bedroom painting and the van Gogh self portrait. Enjoy both videos. It’s an opportunity to learn the hows, whys and whats of Vincent van Gogh.

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Speakers: Dr. Beth HarrisDr. Steven Zucker

Van Gogh

van Gogh “The Bedroom”

Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1889, oil on canvas, 29 x 36-5/8 inches / 73.6 x 92.3 cm (Art Institute of Chicago)

The Bedroom, 1889
Oil on canvas
29 x 36 5/8 in. (73.6 x 92.3 cm)
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.417
Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture Gallery 241  Art Institute Chicago — Permanent collection label

 vanGogh – About “The Bedroom”

Vincent van Gogh’s three versions of this composition are the only record he made of the interior of the Yellow House. Arles in the south of France iswhere he lived.

The house embodied the artist’s dream of a “Studio of the South.” A community of like-minded artists working in harmony to create art for the future.

The first version of The Bedroom (van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) was one of the paintings van Gogh made to decorate the house in anticipation of the arrival of his first guest, Paul Gauguin.

“It’s just simply my bedroom,” he wrote, “only here color is to do everything. To be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination.”

Gauguin’s stay at the Yellow House would be fraught with tension. After two months, van Gogh’s self-mutilation and Gauguin’s flight back to Paris ended the Studio of the South.

van Gogh made this second version of The Bedroom about a year after the first, While he was living at an asylum in Saint-Rémy.

Post-Impressionism

The work of van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Seurat together constitute Post-Impressionism. Yet their work is so varied and unrelated, we might never otherwise think of these four artists as a group.
 
Certainly van Gogh and Gauguin were friends and they briefly painted together. Each of these artists was concerned with solving particular issues that had to do with their own individual sensibility. Ironically, if anything ties these artists together it is this focus on subjectivity.
 
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