Vincent Van Gogh's The Bedroom - When Vincent Van Gogh arrived in Arles in 1888, he was hoping to find a new sense of community and begin a fresh start. He settled into the Yellow House, and set about making it into a comfortable and inviting space. He chose simple furniture and hung several of his own paintings on the walls. The colours he used were meant to express absolute tranquility, but over the years they have become significantly discoloured. The work is now dominated by yellow and blue, rather than the original orange and green. Despite this change, the painting is still able to convey Van Gogh's desire for a peaceful space to call home.
One of the most striking features of "The Bedroom" is its use of color. The walls and doors, for instance, were originally purple rather than blue. The apparently odd angle of the rear wall, meanwhile, is not a mistake on Van Gogh's part - the corner really was skewed. The rules of perspective seem not to have been accurately applied throughout the painting, but this was a deliberate choice. Van Gogh wanted to create a sense of intimacy and closeness, and he felt that using distorted perspective would help to achieve this goal. As a result, "The Bedroom" has an unusual and dreamlike quality that sets it apart from other paintings of its time.
In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent van Gogh described his painting of the bedroom at Arles in deliberately "flattened" tones, inspired by Japanese woodblock prints. He was very pleased with the results, saying that it was the best of his recent paintings. The strong colors and simplified shapes give the painting a feeling of calm and serenity, which may have been Van Gogh's intention. The lack of shadows also makes the picture feel more like a print than a painting, furthering the connection to Japanese art. Whatever Van Gogh's motivations, the bedroom at Arles is a beautiful and memorable painting that demonstrates his talent for creating harmonious compositions.
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