Van Gogh's Bedrooms


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Edited by Gloria Groom; With essays by Gloria Groom; David J. Getsy; Louis van Tilborgh; and Inge Fiedler, Ella Hendriks, Teio Meedendorp, Michel Menu, and Johanna Salvant, and with contributions by Allison Perelman

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A fascinating look at the genesis and meaning of Van Gogh’s famed paintings of his bedroom

Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom, a painting of his room in Arles, is arguably the most famous depiction of a bedroom in the history of art. The artist made three versions of the work, now in the collections of the Van Gogh Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée d’Orsay.  This book is the first in-depth study of their making and their meaning to the artist.
In Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, an international team of art historians, scientists, and conservators investigates the psychological and emotional significance of the bedroom in Van Gogh’s oeuvre, surveying dwellings as a motif that appears throughout his work. Essays address the context in which the bedroom was first conceived, the uniqueness of the subject, and the similarities and differences among the three works both on and below the painted surface. The publication reproduces more than 50 paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters by the artist, along with other objects that evoke his peripatetic life and relentless quest for “home.”

Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago

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Art Institute of Chicago

Gloria Groom is chair, Department of European Painting and Sculpture, and David and Mary Winton Green Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago. 


Art Institute of Chicago

ISBN: 9780300214864
Publication Date: February 23, 2016
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Art Institute of Chicago
166 pages, 9 1/4 x 12
274 color illus.
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