Here is a picture of
Vincent Van Gogh's
Bedroom at Arles

What does this picture
tell us about Vincent?

What story is he telling
about himself here?

Here is a letter that Vincent wrote to his brother Theo about the room.

...looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination.

The walls are pale violet. The floor is of red tiles.

The wood of the bed and chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheets and pillows very light greenish-citron.

The coverlet scarlet. The window green.

The toilet table orange, the basin blue.

The doors lilac.

And that is all--there is nothing in this room with its closed shutters.

The broad lines of the furniture again must express inviolable rest. Portraits on the walls, and a mirror and a towel and some clothes.

The frame--as there is no white in the picture--will be white.

Here is a sketch that he sent with the letter.


And here is a map of the room.

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