By David Villegas
Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings of his bedroom in Arles, France are considered a masterpiece in the history of art. Now for the first time in North America, the Art Institute lets guests trace the history of this famous artist into his refuge in France.
This exhibition is the first one to delve into the history of these three paintings of the same scene.
Here this exhibition showcases Van Gogh’s use of the motif of home as a way of being a haven, creative chamber as well as a physical reality. Guests can see the three versions of his bedroom in his famous “Yellow House” as well as his stay at the Asylum at Saint-Rémy all the way through his final residence at Auvers-sur-Oise.
In addition to 36 works by Van Gogh, the exhibit also features a café setting which has a selection of books that have been known to have been owned by him. Near the end of the exhibition, there is a digitally enhanced reconstruction of his bedroom to let visitors experience what Van Gogh felt when he painted it.
Van Gogh’s Bedrooms runs from now through May 10. In addition to the general admission ticket, it requires an extra $5 ticket to enter this special exhibition. Thursday evenings are free for Illinois residents and the ticket price for this exhibit goes up to $15.