Van Gogh's Bedrooms
'compelling' - Wall Street Journal
Vincent van Gogh's The Bedroom, a painting of his room in Arles, is arguably the most famous depiction of a bedroom in the history of art. The artist made three versions of the work, now in the collections of the Van Gogh Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musee d'Orsay. This companion book to the Art Institute of Chicago's blockbuster 2016 exhibition is the first in-depth study of their making and their meaning to the artist. In Van Gogh's Bedrooms, an international team of art historians, scientists, and conservators investigates the psychological and emotional significance of the bedroom in Van Gogh's oeuvre, surveying dwellings as a motif that appears throughout his work.
Essays address the context in which the bedroom was first conceived, the uniqueness of the subject, and the similarities and differences among the three works both on and below the painted surface. The publication reproduces more than 50 paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters by the artist, along with other objects that evoke his peripatetic life and relentless quest for 'home'.
- Author: Gloria Groom and Louis van Tilborgh
- Hardcover: 166 pages
- Date published: March 2016
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
- ISBN: 978-0300214864
- Product Dimensions: 31 x 24.1 x 1.8 cm
'Van Gogh expressed very complicated notions about beds and a chambre à coucher, which he often considered a luxury he could not afford or did not deserve. The troubled artist, who probably had bipolar disorder, would sometimes sleep under the stars to punish himself for his keenly perceived failures. Only once he decided around 1880 that art was his calling, not preaching (his father’s profession), did he become fixated on the idea of a room as a symbol of stability' - The Economist
'In the small but compelling “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms,” an exhibition of about 35 of his paintings, drawings and illustrated letters curated by Gloria Groom of the Art Institute of Chicago, we discover that this intimate space, which the artist depicted on three separate and long-separated canvases, provided Van Gogh with both a sanctuary and a potent pictorial subject' - Wall Street Journal