The Arles bedroom of Vincent van Gogh was a frequent subject for the painter that held special significance. An upcoming exhibition has brought together each version of “The Bedroom” for the first time in North America. Where?
Opening Sunday, February 14, “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” is a captivating exhibition that will offer patrons who view the paintings a “pioneering and in-depth study of their making and meaning to Van Gogh in his relentless quest for home,” the Art Institute of Chicago says.
Set in arguably the most famous bedroom in the history of art, Van Gogh’s representations of his most private setting in Arles, France, have occupied the minds of his scholars and admirers for over a century. Three paintings of the artist’s bedroom were produced, and all will be on view at the Institute. Via the exhibition site: “This exhibition is the first to truly delve into the fascinating history of these three paintings. Beginning with Van Gogh’s early canvases of cottages and birds’ nests, the show explores the artist’s use of the motif of home — as haven, creative chamber, and physical reality — and follows the evolution of this theme throughout his career, beyond the Yellow House to the asylum at Saint-Rémy.”
Alongside the pictures of Van Gogh’s bedroom, the exhibition includes 33 additional paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters. What is more, audiences will be treated to a digitally enhanced reconstruction of the artist’s bedroom to “experience his state of mind and the physical reality of the space that so inspired him” the museum explains. “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” will hang through May 10.
To learn more, visit The Art Institute of Chicago.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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