Van Gogh’s Yellow House, 12 Things To Understand About The House

One of Van Gogh’s most iconic paintings is his painting of his beloved Yellow House in Arles, France.

Vincent Van Gogh painted the Yellow House, also known as The Street, in May 1888. He also painted several versions of his bedroom in this Yellow house. Today all these paintings help give us a glimpse into Van Gogh’s life when he lived in Arles, France.

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Here are our top 12 things to understand about Van Gogh’s Yellow House

The Yellow House Is An Actual Yellow House

The Vincent Van Gogh Yellow House was a small house standing at 2 Place Lamartine in Arles, France. The house was a bright yellow French-looking house with green shutters.

The house style would have been very French, especially for this part of France, with the bright yellow color and green shutters on each of the windows.

The Yellow House Is No Longer Standing

If you go to Arles, France, you will be disappointed to learn that the original yellow house where Van Gogh lived is no longer standing. The Allies forces severely damaged the house in a bombing raid during World War II on June 24, 1944.

This yellow house was so severely damaged during this raid that it was later demolished.

Van Gogh Rented Four Rooms In The House

In the Yellow House, Vincent Van Gogh rented four rooms. He occupied the larger ones on the ground floor; one room was a workshop and kitchen.

The window on the first floor nearest the corner with both shutters opening in the painting is that for Van Gogh’s guest room where his fellow painter Paul Gauguin lived for nine-week ins 1888.

The next room on the first floor, where the shutter was nearly closed, was Van Gogh’s bedroom.

There were two smaller rooms at the back of the house that Van Gogh rented at a later time.

Van Gogh Wanted To Set Up An Artist’s House

Van Gogh had plans to turn his Yellow House into an artist’s house. He wanted like-minded artists to live with him so they could live and work together.

Paul Gauguin was to be the first of the artists to come, but Gauguin did not stay long, and their relationship and living together had many problems and disagreements.

The Yellow House Painting Is Called “The Street”

The Street, an 1888 Painting By Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh’s Yellow House painting is called “The Street.” The Street painting was painted in 1888.

Initially he was going to call the painting “The House And Its Environment,” but later changed the name to “The Street.”

The Restaurant Van Gogh Ate At Is In The Painting

The restaurant where Van Gogh would go to have many of his meals was the pink house on the street or at 28 Place Lamartine.

The restaurant was run by a widow known as Venissac; she was also Van Gogh’s landlady, who owned several buildings in Arles.

There Are Other Streets Shown In The Street Painting

In Vincent Van Gogh’s The Street painting, other streets are also shown. To the right of the Yellow House is the Avenue Montomajour which runs down to the two railway bridges.

The first railway line where Van Gogh shows a train passing the area (you can see the train smoke in the painting) served the local train connection to Lunel, a town on the opposite side of the river Rhône.

The other train line was owned by P-L-M Railway or the Paris Lyon Mediterranee Railway line.

Also shown in the painting is a pedestrian walk surrounded by one of the public gardens on Larmartine place.

A ditch ran up Avenue Montmajour from the left side towards the bridge, which served as a gas pipe. The gas pipes would allow Van Gogh to install some gaslights at his workshop on the first floor.

Van Gogh’s Famous Bedroom Paintings Came From The Yellow House

Van Gogh’s famous bedroom paintings were all from his bedroom in the Yellow House. He was known to prepare and decorate the room himself.

He prepared the bedroom with simple furniture and put some of his paintings on the wall. The bright colors on the wall and in the room portray “repose” or “sleep.”

Van Gogh Painted The Bedroom In The Yellow House Three Times

Soon after he moved into the Yellow House, Van Gogh painted his first bedroom. He was so enthralled with the painting that when water damage threatened to damage the painting, he decided to paint another painting from memory while at the asylum in Saint- Remy in 1889.

Van Gogh also painted a smaller version of the bedroom.

Bedroom Paintings Are Now Shown In Three Museum Around The World

Van Gogh’s three-bedroom paintings can now be seen in three different museums worldwide. Two are in Europe, and one is in the United States.

Here is where you can see each of the bedroom paintings of Van Gogh’s Yellow Bedroom:

The Bedroom, 1888, By Vincent Van Gogh In The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
  • The Bedroom, 1888 By Vincent Van Gogh – The painting can be seen at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Holland. This painting has never been out of the procession of the Van Gogh family; this painting was donated to the museum by the family.
The Bedroom, 1889, By Vincent Van Gogh At The Art Institute Of Chicago
  • The Bedroom, 1889 By Vincent Van Gogh – The painting can be seen at The Art Institute Of Chicago. Chicago USA.
The Bedroom, 1889, By Vincent Van Gogh At The Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • The Bedroom, 1889 By Vincent Van Gogh – The painting can be seen at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, France. This painting was sold to France under the Treaty of Peace with Japan in 1959.

Three Bedroom Paintings Similar But With Slight Differences

Looking at the three-bedroom paintings from Van Gogh’s Yellow House at first glance, they may all seem the same, but upon closer inspection, you can see that each one is slightly different.

The first painting that was painted in 1888, we believe, is the painting that depicts the way the bedroom was at that time. When Van Gogh painted this, he lived in the Yellow House.

You can see from these paintings how detailed he was, from the clothes hanging on the hook to the paintings on the wall. The windows show a green tint from the light coming through the green shutters.

Research has shown us that over the years, some of the colors of the painting have changed. It is believed the actual color of the walls was purple rather than blue.

Also, the perspective of the room is a deliberate choice by Van Gogh. In a letter, he told his brother Theo that he had deliberately flattened the interior to give it a Japanese woodblock print look and feel.

Van Gogh’s Yellow House Bedrooms Give Us A Glimpse Into His Life

The bedrooms Van Gogh painted of his bedroom at yellow house give a glimpse into life at the Yellow House. We can also see a bit about life in late 19th Century France.

Everything from the colors on the walls and the bed to the furniture help to give a glimpse of what the interior of Van Gogh’s Yellow house was like.

The Yellow House and Van Gogh’s Bedroom paintings remain iconic works of art. These beautiful paintings give a glimpse into the life of not just Vincent Van Gogh but also lived in that part of France in the late 19th Century.

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