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The Bedroom, 1888
|Artist||Van Gogh, Vincent Willem||
Here, Van Gogh has depicted his bedroom in the Yellow House, furnished with simple pine furniture and his own paintings. Over the bed hang his portraits of the poet Eugène Boch and the soldier Paul-Eugène Milliet.
Color and Perspective
Elsewhere, however, the objects seem to tilt upward because the artist has not applied the laws of perspective accurately. Van Gogh worked this way on purpose. In a letter to Theo he stated that he had “flattened” the interior and left out the shadows so that his picture would more closely resemble a Japanese print. (See painting The Courtesan). But the artist was interested in more than just making a Japanese image. The simple interior and bright colors were meant to convey notions of “rest” and “sleep,” both literally and figuratively.
Van Gogh conceived this picture p painted, as he said with “the shadows suppressed … in free flat washes like the Japanese prints “ –as a contrast to the Night Café. “This time it’s just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything … is to be suggestive here of rest or sleep in general. In a world, to look at the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination”
|Institution||Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||72 x 90 cm|