What would it be like to go inside the mind of one of the most brilliant and misunderstood artists of all time? To potter around in his own bedroom, an intimate space that so inspired him? Well, if you’re curious, the Art Institute of Chicago has recreated the room in Vincent Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles painting and put it up for rent on Airbnb. Bookings are now open!
Did you know that there are in fact not one, not two, but three versions of Van Gogh’s bedroom painting? The first version was created in 1888 while the painter was living in his beloved “Yellow House” in the south of France; that one is now in Amsterdam.
He created a second one during his time in an asylum in Provence in 1888, and this one is now one of the most treasured works in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, which is preparing to host a special exhibition dedicated to the three iconic works and Van Gogh’s use of the motif of home. Opening this Valentine’s day until May 10, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms features 36 paintings, drawings, and illustrated letters, as well as a selection of books and other ephemera known to have been in the artist’s possession.
And to make things even more interesting, the digitally enhanced reconstruction of his bedroom will be hosting those in search of a starry sort of night.
(Oh, and in case you were wondering about where the third bedroom painting is, it is of course here in Paris at the Musée D’Orsay) .