In 1888 Vincent van Gogh painted The Bedroom. That same year Van Gogh sent a sketch of this same bedroom to his brother Theo. A letter accompanying the sketch described the contents of the room in detail. While Vincent van Gogh hoped his plans would convince Theo that he was making practical use of the funds he received, he also wanted to convey his progress on a painting of the subject of his room. Vincent van Gogh defined his approach in The Bedroom as simple, intended to give weight and gravity to the subject while evoking the sense of restful sleep.
Besides self-portraits, Vincent van Gogh kept busy painting other subjects while waiting for his friend Paul Gauguin to visit. On the next page, we'll look at an example of this.