Friday, December 18, 2009

Carmella in Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles

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Carmella in Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles depicts Van Gogh's bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, known as his Yellow House. In his words,

“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. A little brown dog visits me often so I have included her too. She cheers me with her sweet disposition and I have named her Carmella. I have depicted no type of shade or shadow; I have only applied simple plain colours, like those in crêpes.”

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Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles


  1. This is one of my favorite paintings. It's good to know that Vincent had some company.

  2. And, so far, I have retained both of my ears...