Thursday, 28 April 2011
Dutch artist, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) painted 3 versions of Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles. This painting is his first done in 1888. Van Gogh used brilliant colors. Linear perspective is skewed as the planes do not converge at a vanishing point.
Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about this painting and his color choice:
This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream. Well, I have thought that on watching the composition we stop thinking and imagining. I have painted the walls pale violet. The ground with checked material. The wooden bed and the chairs, yellow like fresh butter; the sheet and the pillows, lemon light green. The bedspread, scarlet coloured. The window, green. The washbasin, orangey; the tank, blue. The doors, lilac. And, that is all. There is not anything else in this room with closed shutters. The square pieces of furniture must express unswerving rest; also the portraits on the wall, the mirror, the bottle, and some costumes. The white colour has not been applied to the picture, so its frame will be white, aimed to get me even with the compulsory rest recommended for me. I have depicted no type of shade or shadow; I have only applied simple plain colours, like those in crêpes. [Emphasis added.]
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