It’s a very tidy bedroom.
By painting my bedroom where
everything is in its place, I am showing
that I have now decided to take care of
myself and to organize my life properly.
I haven’t got a house my own.
I am a real bohemian artist.
The weather in Holland, where
I was born, is not always good,
so here I am, in Provence, in
search of sunshine. That’s the
reason I love having a bedroom
so full of light and bursting
Name all the furniture you can see in the
There isn’t much furniture.
I am very poor so I only have
the essentials, and what I
have is very plain furniture.
Of course there is a bed, and
there are also two chairs, in
case someone comes to visit
I spend all my time painting. It is
the thing I love most in the
whole world. For me it is
unthinkable to live in a place
without paintings. On the right-
hand side there are two
portraits of friends and
underneath are drawings, done
on paper. On the back wall there
is a landscape.
There are two chairs, two pillows, two
portraits on the wall, two drawings and
even two doors.
I don’t share the bedroom with anyone
but maybe multiplying everything by two
makes me feel less lonely.
There is nothing to suggest it is a
There is no way of knowing that it’s
an artist´s bedroom because my
materials are not on display. We
can not see any colored pencils or
paint brushes. I use to work
outside for many hours every day. I
want my bedroom for relaxation,
for making myself feel comfortable
and for sleeping peacefully.
It’s a very simple picture.
The objects are very normal, and
the colors are flat, without any
I want my pantings to be easy to
understand. The outlines of the
colors are easy to follow, because
I generally use thick lines.
When Van Gogh died in 1890, he only sold
People normally find them
frightening, but very few
people actually know my
own paintings. When I
finish one panting, I use
to send it to my brother
Teo in Paris.
People only began to appreciate the impact
of his work after he died. He was terribly
lonely and finally he committed suicide,
still unknown to the world.
Almost fifty years later, people started to
see him like a hero, and to appreciate his
work. There are also some movies about
him. Our feelings about him today go
beyond the pictures he painted.
Is it true that van Gogh was mad?
Can you see a
Do you know
He was anxious and psychologically fragile, and
he suffered a great deal. During the time that
he was alive, doctors didn’t know how to
properly treat mental and emotional problems.
But when he painted, he knew exactly what he
wanted to do and why, and he was
extraordinary sensitive and intelligent.
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