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Vincent's bedroom in Arles

Here, Vincent 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.

The most striking aspects of Vincent's Bedroom are the bright patches of contrasting color, the thickly applied paint and the odd perspective. The rear wall appears strangely angled.

In a letter to Theo he stated that he had “flattened” the interior of Vincent's Bedroom 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 of Vincent's Bedroom were meant to convey notions of “rest” and “sleep,” both literally and figuratively.

Oil on canvas
72.0 x 90.0 cm
Arles 1888
Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

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Vincent's Bedroom in Arles by Vincent van Gogh
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