The Painting that Helped Ease Van Gogh’s Most Turbulent Year

In this episode of Anatomy of an Artwork, discover Vincent Van Gogh’s The Bedroom one of the artist’s best-known works that now resides in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. An austere painting that projects a feeling of serenity, the work draws parallels to traditional Japanese woodcuts, a subject the artist returned to often for inspiration. Before completing the piece, he wrote that “color is to do everything,” and here the bold mix of scarlet red, lilac, and buttery yellow gives The Bedroom its distinctly restorative feel. One of several monumental pieces painted at 2 Place Lamartine in Arles, The Bedroom would provide Van Gogh with a brief respite between periods of illness and depression. Watch more Anatomy of an Artwork videos here.

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