To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice.

~ Andre Malraux ~


The Bedroom


Vincent Van Gogh

The artist has three paintings with the same name, this is the second version, housed at the Chicago Art Institute.

I am drawn to the colors in this painting; the black window frame is quite pronounced against the blue walls, and red blanket.  But it is what appears to be a self-portrait, on the right wall, which most intrigues me.

The room looks to me like it belongs to someone who is struggling; as he was at this time in his life.  I know the things in the room are not actually crooked; but they give me the illusion of being slightly off balance.

Never-the-less, Hannah’s favorite artist, to help wish her a happy birthday!


“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 painter 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 distinguishable 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-Rhône, France, known as the 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.”


Art can never exist without naked beauty displaced.

~ William Blake ~ 

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