In October of 1888, while living in The Yellow House in Arles, Van Gogh completed one of his most famous works The Bedroom. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles has a striking combination of colors that Van Gogh was proud of. In a letter to his brother Theo from 1888, Van Gogh wrote:
“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.”
Today the original version of The Bedroom is at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam although it is currently undergoing restoration. While it is being restored; however, you can follow the entire restoration process on the Van Gogh Museum’s Bedroom Secrets blog.
There are also two other versions of The Bedroom which Van Gogh painted. One now hangs in The Art Institute of Chicago. This one Van Gogh created in September of 1889 as a back-up copy of the first Bedroom painting. The third version is located in Paris at the Musee d’Orsay and was created as a smaller version Van Gogh painted for his mother and sister.
Letter to Theo Van Gogh, October 1888