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“Bedroom in Arles”

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“Bedroom in Arles”
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  Vincent Van Gogh - Oil On Canvas - 72 x 90 cm - 1888, Van Gogh Museum - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh rented a four-room outhouse for 15 francs a month and bought furniture in it for 300 francs. A strange attitude to money, which Van Gogh (Dutch famous post-impressionist genius) never had: it was quite possible to rent a furnished hotel room for 5 francs. But the occasional small inheritance allowed him to fulfill the dream. And in May 1888, Van Gogh acquired a small atelier in Arles, in the south of France, where he escaped from Paris artists and critics who did not understand him. Furniture Van Gogh bought for 300 francs, which Theo sent him as an inheritance from his uncle. Wanting to convey the image of home comfort, Van Gogh even thought to depict a nude woman on the bed or to put a baby cradle next to it, but he left this idea.

Researchers of Van Gogh believe that he took digitalis (a remedy for epilepsy), which causes the patient to have serious changes in color perception: all the surrounding reality is painted in a green-yellow tone. Paired objects (two doors, two pillows, two portraits, two engravings) were a symbol of peace, balance for Vincent, dispelled the feeling of loneliness.

Also, two beds were bought: Van Gogh was waiting for the arrival of Paul Gauguin, with him he planned to create an atelier of a fraternity of artists.

At first, everything was fine: the friends wrote together, went to cafes and brothels, but soon began to conflict. Disputes reached the real hysterias into which Van Gogh fell, realizing that the dream of the fraternity had become a utopia.

Closed betters, according to Van Gogh, caused him a sense of security. He rarely opened them. The table with the washing equipment symbolizes for the artist a simple and healthy lifestyle.

Paintings on the walls are mostly the works of Van Gogh himself. On the far wall - "Boulders and Oak" (Houston Museum of Fine Arts). Two portraits of Van Gogh’s friends are visible on the right-hand wall: local artist Eugène Bosch and Paul-Eugene Millet - lieutenant of the Zouavsky regiment. There are two Japanese engravings below them. Van Gogh at that time was very passionate about Japanese art.

Observing attentively, we can notice curve lines in the picture. Art critic Ronald Pikvans believes that the walls of the old outbuilding really went at an angle and bent from old age.

Mirror Van Gogh bought specifically to paint self-portraits. Few agreed to pose for him: the locals considered his works as daubs, on which they would look ridiculous. The famous "Self-Portrait with Pipe" with a cut-off ear, he wrote with the help of this particular mirror.

The red blanket was the one on which numb Van Gogh will be wrapped when he is found on the morning of December 23, 1888, with a cut-off ear lobe. This will be the artist's first psychopathic fit. Vincent will be transferred to the clinic for the mentally ill and will not be able to live happily in the apartment furnished by him.

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