The Bedroom

Vincent Van Gogh

6 facts about The Bedroom by
Vincent Van Gogh

  • There are 3 versions of the painting, The Bedroom by Vincent Van Gogh. This version was painted in 1888.
  • No-one really knows what the painting originally looked like, because it has been restored so many times. The first restoration took place within Van Gogh’s lifetime, and the latest one has just been completed.
  • The painting is now displayed in The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother to explain why he painted this painting, it said, “This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour 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.”
  • The reason he made 3 the of same paintings is because the painting he sent to his brother was damaged from a flood so he revisited the subject and painted it again the next year when he was in Saint-Remy. Then, painted a third version for his mother. In all three paintings the composition is almost identical with minor changes to details and color.
  • Van Gogh had a pretty dramatic life including, cutting of his ear, giving it to a prostitute, then getting sent to a mental hospital where he did continue to paint.

This was Van Gogh's 1st version of the painting.

This was Van Gogh's 2nd version of the painting.

This was Van Gogh's 3rd version of the painting.

This was Van Gogh's first sketch of the painting, The Bedroom.

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