van Gogh's New Studio Bedroom
Inspired by Vincent van Gogh
In Love with van Gogh Project
Masters Studio Series
16 x 20 x 2 van Gogh Oil Painting on Canvas
Thank you Brian
A copy of this research and photos will be included with the
purchase of this painting along with a Certificate of Appraisal.
It has been some time since I have been able to complete my
"In Love with van Gogh Project" The past six months I have had one
thing or the other with my health which caused very low energy and
motivation. Now I am back and painting like crazy and ready to start
adding new work to to all of my series including this one.
This will be the fourth composition my 'In Love with van Gogh Project."
My intentions are to paint 12 paintings depicting different stages of
Vincent's life using his work for my inspiration and of course my imagination.
In this painting I have restyled his famous Bedroom Painting. He actually
painted it three times as described below. I have also included a copy of Vincent's
original letter to his brother Theo about his bedroom painting. Theo managed and
supported Vincent's career and later had a gallery representing his work.
Theodorus "Theo" van Gogh1 May 1857 – 25 January 1891) was a Dutch art dealer. He was the younger brother of Vincent van Gogh, and Theo's unfailing financial and emotional support allowed his brother to devote himself entirely to painting.Theo died at the age of 33, six months after his brother died at the age of 37.
Theo is widely known for his influence on his brother; however, this often overshadows the significant impact that Theo made on the art world as a renowned art dealer: Theo played a crucial role in the introduction of contemporary Dutch and French art to the public.
I my composition I have recreated his bedroom which he also used as a studio
in the Yellow House. In May 1, 1888, Van Gogh rented four rooms. He occupied two large
ones on the ground floor to serve as an atelier (studio) and kitchen, and on the
first floor, two smaller ones facing Place Lamartine. The window on the first floor near
the corner with both shutters open is that of Van Gogh's guest room, where
Paul Gauguin lived for nine weeks from late October 1888.
Behind the next window, with one shutter closed, is
Van Gogh's bedroom. The two small rooms at the rear were
rented by Van Gogh at a later time.
I exchanged the door on the left for a huge sunflower from one of
Vincent's paintings to adorn the entire wall.
I added many of Vincent's Sunflower compositions along with his "Fishing
Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes painting and one of his several Poppies
His hat and pipe sit on the table near his easel where he kicked off his
shoes placed his palette on his chair. I decided to use a portion of Vincent's
Les Alpiles, Mountain Landscape as my window scene as it is such
a serene painting of his. Giving him a huge window with lots of light and
a wonderful view of the mountains and lake while he paints.
I loved adding his favorite lavender to the walls.
(The lavender in my painting is more prevalent in person)
van Gogh's New Studio Bedroom
The Yellow House by Vincent van Gogh
The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh
Les Alpilles, Mountain Landscape
by Vincent van Gogh
Bedroom in Arles (French: La Chambre à Arles; Dutch: Slaapkamer te Arles) is the title given to each of three similar paintings by 19th-century Dutch Post-Impressionist painting Vincent van Gogh.
Van Gogh's own title for this composition was simply The Bedroom (French: La Chambre à coucher). There are three authentic versions described in his letters, easily discernible from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right.
The painting depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du Rhone, France known as his Yellow House. The door to the right opened on to the upper floor and the staircase; the door to the left was that of the guest room he held prepared for Gauguin: the window in the front wall looked on to Place Lamartine and its public gardens. This room was not rectangular but trapezoid with an obtuse angle in the left hand corner of the front wall and an acute angle at the right. Van Gogh evidently did not spend much time on this problem, he simply indicated that there was a corner, somehow.
Vincent's Original Letter to Theo bout his bedroom
Van Gogh started the first version during mid October 1888 while staying in Arles, and explained his aims and means to his brother Theo:
- "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.
Van Gogh included sketches of the composition in this letter as well as in a letter to Gauguin, written slightly later. In the letter, Van Gogh explained that the painting had come out of a sickness that left him bedridden for days.
Second version 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 Aires. 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
Third version When Van Gogh finally, in summer 1889, decided to redo some of his "best" compositions in smaller size (the term he used was réductions) for his mother and sister Wil, The Bedroom was amongst the subjects he chose. These réductions, finished late in September 1889, are not exact copies.
Provenance The first version never left the artist's estate. Since 1962, it is in the possession of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, established by Vincent Willem van Gogh, the artist's nephew, and on permanent loan to the van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
- The second version has, since 1926, been the possession of theArt Institute of Chicago as part of the Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.
- The third version, formerly in the possession of Van Gogh's sister Wil and later acquired by Prince Matsukata, entered the French national collections in 1959, following the French-Japanese peace settlement, and is on permanent display in the Mussee d'Orsay, Paris.
- All three versions of the Bedroom were brought together for the very first time in North America, at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016.